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Horror: Messaging the Monstrous

June 23, 2022 – September 05, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Horror: Messaging the Monstrous, a 10-week film series that includes over 110 features and a selection of short films that capture the horror genre’s uncanny ability to express the lurking fears of a society and the anxieties caused by social, cultural, and political change. Presented in the Museum’s Titus Theaters in the Black Family Film Center from June 23 through September 5, 2022, Horror: Messaging the Monstrous is organized weekly by fluid themes that shaped how the works were conceived: Slasher, Horror of Place, the Undead, Creatures, Folk Tales, Women Make Horror, Body Horror, Eco Horror, Messaging Race, and Messaging Gender. The exhibition features films from 19 countries, including genre benchmarks from the United States, Europe, and Asia, starting with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and spanning the 1970s into the 1990s; 21st-century films from emerging voices in Guatemala, Ireland, Iran, Laos, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and Zambia; and a focused look at emerging independent women filmmakers making horror over the last decade.

The exhibition opens with a 3D screening of George A. Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Living Dead (1978). Other highlights include a screening of Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was restored in 2016 by MoMA and the Film Foundation, in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden on July 27; the New York premiere of the new 40th anniversary restoration of The Thing (1982) on August 29; the New York City premiere of Garth Maxwell’s rarely seen masterwork Jack Be Nimble (1993) on July 12; and post-screening discussions with Maxwell, Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum, Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Karen Arthur (The Mafu Cage), Stephanie Rothman (The Velvet Vampire), Douglas Buck (Family Portraits), and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary).

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, with Caryn Coleman, guest curator.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.



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Rhymes For Young Ghouls. 2013. Canada. Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby. Courtesy of Prospector Films.

Burnt Offerings. 1976. USA. Directed by Dan Curtis. Courtesy of Photofest.

The Cremator. 1969. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Juraj Herz. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Day of the Dead. 1985. USA. Written and directed by George A. Romero. Courtesy Photofest.

Get Out. 2017. USA. Written and directed by Jordan Peele. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Jack Be Nimble. 1993. New Zealand. Directed by Garth Maxwell. Courtesy of Altered Innocence.

Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In). 2008. Sweden. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.

Tales from the Hood. 1995. USA. Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. 1986. USA. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Courtesy of Everett Collection.