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Local film buffs share Halloween movie recs for horror lovers (and haters too)

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Why do some people love horror movies and others hate them? Our local film experts will share their ideas.

This hour, we're getting in the Halloween spirit with a conversation about horror movies, from classics like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" to more recent films that fall into the "elevated horror" category, like Jordan Peele's "Get Out." We'll also discuss subgenres like zombie, vampire and slasher movies.

Some people, like our movie-buff guests, love all of them. Others, like host Mikaela Lefrak, avoid scary movies like the plague. Why do these films appeal to some, but not others?

Our guests will also talk about the resurgence of horror movies in the past decade and explain why they think the genre is having a heyday.

Our guests are:

  • Hilary Neroni, professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Vermont
  • Eric Ford, executive producer and host of Made Here on Vermont Public and co-founder of the Burlington Film Society

Some recommendations from the guests and callers (in no particular order):

  • "Get Out"
  • "The Hatching"
  • "In the Mouth of Madness"
  • "A Girls Walks Home Alone at Night"
  • "The Haunting"
  • "Candyman" (original and 2021 direct sequel)
  • "What Lies Below"
  • "Paranormal Activity"
  • "The Nightmare" (a 2015 documentary)
  • "The Witch"
  • "X"
  • "Pearl"
  • "The Birds"
  • "Rear Window"
  • "Psycho"
  • "Bodies Bodies Bodies"
  • "Hereditary"
  • "The Shining"
  • "The Babadook"
  • "Train to Busan"

Broadcast live on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at noon.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022 and now serves as the Managing Editor and Senior Producer. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.