Making the film festival circuit this summer is the documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, which features Prof. Scahill as an authority on horror cinema and queer audiences. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street opened in June at San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival, the world's first and largest queer film festival, now in its 43rd year. The film then made its Denver debut as the offical opening night film at CinemaQ Film Festival at SIE FilmCenter, a
Dr. Scahill was interviewed for a second time by VICE magazine to give his thoughts on the current slate of horror films and what they might reveal about contemporary cultural anxieties. Last August, Dr. Scahill was contected to give his thoughts of the shark attack film The Meg and the retrun of revenge-of-nature films like Jaws. In this follow-up interview about the alligator attack film Crawl, Scahill talks with Miles Howard about the film's use of home invasion and slashe
Dr. Scahill was interviewed recently by Voice of America to give his thoughts on the movie US and the future of minority filmmakers using the genre of horror to wage social critique. VOA correspondant Penelope Poulou asked Dr. Scahill to provide historical context for genre and what the success of films like Get Out and Us might mean for forecasting genre trends. As Scahill notes, the horror genre has traditionally been antagonistic to minorities, as often "monsters" like Nos
Students in Dr. Scahill's upper division "Film Theory" class presented their original research in a conference-style setting on the theme of "Cinema Paranoia" in the Auraria Library. By presenting their works-in-progress in a public forum, students considering graduate study were able to experience a conference format in a supportive environment.
An abbreviated version of their final paper, the students were asked to take an intersectional approach to the study of film by c
Dr. Scahill was in attendance as a member of the press at this year's Telluride Horror Show, now celebrating its ninth year. Following his work writing on both the horror genre and on the role of the film festival in subcultural communities, Dr. Scahill was excited to take part in the festival's energy and excitement for genre cinema. Telluride provided a beautiful backdrop for the macabre festival, which extended over three days at three separate screening venues. In additio
Andrew Scahill was interviewed this week by VICE for an article on the upcoming sci-fi horror film The Meg, which features a 75-foot megalodon shark wreaking havoc on a beach community after being disturbed by deep-sea divers. Given his expertise in horror cinema, Dr. Scahill was contacted by VICE to provide some genre history for the revenge-of-nature film, which took over the box office in 1975 following the release of Stephen Spielberg's summer blockbuster Jaws. Recent fr
As part of the SIE FilmCenter's series on "Great Adaptations," CU Denver English professors Colleen Donnelly, Sarah Hagelin, and Andrew Scahill took center stage to contextualize major cinema blockbusters that have been adapted from literary sources. Before screenings of Blade Runner (1982), The Thin Man (1934), and IT (2017) this summer, the English professors delivered multimedia lectures for audiences of nearly 200 attendees. For the SIE FilmCenter's screening of 2017's hi
Students in Dr. Scahill's "Studies in Censorship" class presented their original research on the very timely topic of art censorship on Wednesday, May 2 in the Auraria Library. By presenting their works-in-progress in a public forum, students considering graduate study were able to experience a conference format in a supportive environment.
The topics included literature as well as film, and the issues concerning political dissent, sexuality, public space, and free speech p
Andrew Scahill was interviewed this week by SLATE magazine for an article on the pop culture trope of children making violent doodles and thus revealing their inner demonic self. In his book The Revolting Child in Horror Cinema, Dr. Scahill examined the child-as-monster, whose origins in the Cold War spoke to societal anxieties about a burgeoning and uncontrollable youth culture and the perceived susceptibility of children to alternative political ideologies. In "The Devil is
Dr. Scahill has a new short piece published this week in the media studies journal In Media Res, an online journal dedicated to timely and cutting-edge analysis of contemporary media. This week's essays are intended as companion pieces to the recent In Focus section of Cinema Journal dedicated to "Youth Culture" in media, where Dr. Scahill discussed the role of queer film festivals as providing a safe creative space for youth to learn filmmaking and engage in intergenerationa
Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema challenges notions of the innocent child through an exploration of the dark side of childhood in contemporary cinema. The contributors to this multidisciplinary study offer a global perspective that explores the multiple conditions of marginalized childhood as cinematically imagined within political, geographical, sociological, and cultural contexts. Praise: "Here is an excellent, invigorating collection dealing with children i