Dive deep into the shadows of cinema with us as we explore the captivating world of horror films. Originating from the haunting tales of the late 1800s, the horror genre has not only stood the test of time but has flourished, spawning billion-dollar franchises and passionate fan conventions. But beyond the spine-tingling suspense and heart-pounding scares, what deeper truths do these films unveil about our society?


  • The hidden allure: Why do audiences keep coming back for more?
  • The mirror effect: How do horror movies reflect and respond to societal changes
  • Cultural evolution: In what intriguing ways have these films influenced and even redefined societal norms?


Join us for this special Halloween-themed Dornsife Dialogue and come armed with your burning questions for our esteemed panel of experts.


Moderated by:
Karen Tongson, professor, gender & sexuality studies, English, and American studies & ethnicity, USC Dornsife



  • Leo Braudy, University Professor; professor of English, USC Dornsife
  • Rebekah McKendry, producer, director, writer; adjunct assistant professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Anna Zlokovic ’14, writer, director “Appendage”

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