Professor Scahill's "Studies in Censorship"class stepped out the classroom this semester to attend a screening of the 1992 Paul Verhoeven film Basic Instinct and hold an exclusive Q&A with the film's Assistant Director, Eric Jewett. In the course, the first of its kind at CU Denver, Prof. Scahill's students investigated the varied and complex dimensions of artistic censorship. They began the semester with the NAACP campaign against Birth of a Nation and the German efforts to
In 1992, Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct opened to protests by religious groups for its sex and violence, and by GLBT groups for its depiction of homosexual psychopaths. Right and Left shared the picket line as the resulting controversy helped make the film $352M worldwide.
26 years later, we'll take a look back at Basic Instinct for a critical re-assessment as part of Dr. Scahill's "Studies in Censorship" class. The Alamo Drafthouse Sloan Lake has generously donated their
In the most recent issue of CU Denver Today, Dr. Scahill was asked to take part in a new faculty profile. In the article, Prof. Scahill talks about his work on horror cinema, his current class on film censorship, the field of academia, and his Instagram-famous dog Otto. The piece begins: "An expert on horror, Scahill describes himself as a 'film historian' who considers how a movie’s successes are both deeply idiosyncratic and indelibly linked to larger cultural forces. At th