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Really Awful Movies: Ep 170 – Technology and Horror films with the University of Toronto’s Kevin Chabot

Technology and horror. And where these intersect. It’s interesting subject matter, whether it’s ghost hunters trying to record evidence of supernatural beings, or new technologies that are changing the way we communicate with one another through an online interface.

Kevin Chabot is currently a Ph.D. student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He earned a Master’s degree from Carleton University where he completed a thesis titled Bodies Without Borders: Body Horror as Political Resistance in Classical Hollywood Cinema. His dissertation project will examine the paranormal, and found-footage cycle of horror films and how they engage with the changing technological media landscape.

His research interests more broadly include horror film, classic and contemporary film theory, medium specificity, and intermediality.

Chris from the Really Awful Movies Podcast chatted with Kevin at the University of Toronto, in a discussion that focuses on:

The Exorcist

Friday the 13th


Paranormal Activity

Black Christmas

The Purge

The Fly

…and many more

Really Awful Movies: Ep 74 – The Fly

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, what is arguably the greatest horror remake of all time, The Fly (not that we want to argue, but if anyone wants to step up to the lectern and make a case for The Thing or Invasion of the Body Snatchers, we’d be happy to entertain it).

Flies and death are synonymous.

This wasn’t news to our man David Cronenberg, who gave new life to a fly-man hybrid, Dr. Seth Brundle. The genius doctor, played by Jeff Goldblum, builds a tele-porting device and manages to move matter from one place to another, only getting into trouble when he puts himself in the machine and a fly gets in with him, creating something monstrous in this, a film that came about during the infancy of recombinant DNA technology.

Along for the ride is a science journalist Veronica (Goldblum’s then girlfriend, actress Geena Davis) and what we get is essentially a love story set against this very odd backdrop: a man pushing the limits of the human form, transmogrifying into something truly terrifying.

There are many interpretations of what this film is about, the most prominent of which is the insect change as AIDS subtext. Watch it and see, as it remains as fresh and shocking as it must’ve seemed to movie-going audiences back in 1986.

Let us know what you think and if there are any films you’d like to see us explore on the show: really awful movies [at] gmail dot com

For a full review, please read this:

The Fly (1986)