Spooky Scary Cinema: Celebrating Halloween Movies

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Yale University

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins–where he won Outstanding Teaching awards–and has lectured on British and American Theatre and playwriting. Lapadula has given highly acclaimed classic film lectures on a wide range of cinema topics across the country at notable venues, such as: The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Commonwealth Club, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The New York Historical Society.


The dark, creepy things, dismemberment, suspense, anticipation, spooky music, lightning and thunder, fear of the unusual, fear of death. According to Psychology Today Magazine, the things listed above are what make scary movies so scary!

Yale film professor Marc Lapadula thinks that’s a pretty good list, and so he put together a 50 minute talk for us about super scary movies. Now we’re offering it to you as our Halloween gift.



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Gary Hoshiyama

Interesting but...

My wife and I viewed the lecture on Halloween day and hoped the lecturer would provide more depth in analyzing why the elements behind a given horror movie is scary to us and why those elements of scariness are so appealing to so many that they keep returning for more. He didn’t. This lecture was about the lecturer’s personal top horror flicks with his personal synopsis of each, and nothing more. Unfortunately, for my wife and me this lecture was below One Day University’s standard of academic subject matter.

2 years ago
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