#VundaHalloweenAthon Day 17: "We Live in a Society"

Welcome to Day 17 of our #VundaHalloweenAthon 

The 17th theme of the month is "We Live in a Society." Does social commentary have a place in horror films? You bet your pumpkins it does. Throughout the history of horror, films have always had something to say. Today is a day to ponder the bigger ideas in the way we most prefer--with a side of kills, screams, and blood!

It might be an oldie you just never got around to seeing or something from a fresh young filmmaker who you haven't given a chance yet. The sky is the limit and bonus Pumpkin Points if you watch more than one movie a day on theme!

Here are a few recommendations from the team, taken from our own watchlists for today...

Group Pick: Dawn of the Dead (1978) directed by George A. Romero is one of the most iconic pieces of cinema and all 2 hours and 7 minutes is available this spooky season free on YouTube. 

-Slaxx (2020) directed by Elza Kephart - 1h 17m - Shudder
-28 Days Later (2002) directed by Danny Boyle - 2h 1m - HBO Max
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956/1978) directed by Don Siegel/Philip Kaufman - 1h 20m/1h 55m - Amazon Prime/Shudder, Pluto TV
-Nightbreed (1990) directed by Clive Barker - 2h - Shudder, Tubi

Stephen & Dani:
-Culture Shock (2019) directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero - 1h 31m- Hulu
-The Stuff (1985) directed by Larry Choen - 1h 33m - Tubi
-Society (1989) directed by Brian Yuzna - 1h 39m - Shudder (Joe Bob's Last Drive In Season 1, Week 2 - 2h 22m), Tubi 
-Street Trash (1987) directed by J. Michael Muro - 1h 42m - Shudder (Joe Bob's Last Drive In Season 1, Week 8 - 2h 12m)

Tell us about your picks on social media by tagging @Vundacast or @Vundablog and #VundaHalloweenAthon in your tweets or posts.

Our official #VundaHalloweenAthon art was done by Josh Stifter who is not only an artist but a filmmaker. If you subscribe to his Flush Studios Patreon you can access great behind the scenes content. He has two feature length films: The Good Exorcist is a comedic horror film made for $7000 under the supervision of Robert Rodriguez available on TromaNOW (perfect for "Spooky & Spiritual" day) or ask Josh about Greywood's Plot a film about friendship and cryptids, which is touring the world at film festivals. Josh also has tons of great horror shorts we might be recommending later in the month.


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