This October, Prof. Scahill went to visit his friend Yvie Oddly for her Drag Race alums show in Las Vegas. Yvie is a Denver hometown girl, and won Rupaul's Drag Race season 11 in 2019, catapulting her into international fame as a result. After seeing her show, the pair explored Meow Wolf's Las Vegas location, a postmodern fantasia of consumerism and interactive art.
Dr. Scahill was interviewed by Healthline Magazine for a piece on the therapeutic potential of horror cinema. Traditionally, horror has been maligned as genre which negatively impacts the psyche, either by causing trauma in the spectator, or by enabling sadistic fantasies. More contemporary writing in the field of cognitive psychology actually concludes the opposite: that watching horror can actually help individuals manage trauma by providing a surrogate experience where spe
Prof. Scahill made two trips to the lovely town of Telluride, Colorado this year to attend two different film festivals. The first was the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in September, where many films have their world premieres. Dr. Scahill was able to the films Power of the Dog, Red Rocket, Cyrano, Encounter, Cmon Cmon, and The French Dispatch months ahead of their release in movie theaters. Prof. Scahill returned in October for the Telluride Horror Fest, one of the lon
Dr. Scahill was asked to join a panel on the topic of queer horror at the Colorado Festival of Horror. He was joined by Keith Garcia, Artistic Director of the Sie FilmCenter. After a screening of the documentary Scream, Queen!: My Nightmare on Elm Street, Garcia and Scahill answered questions from the audience about the uses of homophobic representation of queerness in the horror genre, and how queer filmmakers and allies are shifting the narrative. The Colorado Festival of H