On this most terrifying Halloween episode, we are joined by the Lit Crit Guy (@TheLitCritGuy) for a discussion of Gothic Marxism, zombie neoliberalism, horror movies, and more!
What is Gothic Marxism and how is it useful for understanding the horrors of capitalism? How do the stories a society scares itself with reflect its material concerns? Consumerist zombies and aristocratic vampires; Elizabeth Bathory has nothing on Peter Thiel. The dialectical tension between Goth and punk. Can this backward-looking aesthetic ever be harnessed in service of proletarian liberation, or is Jamie being a reactionary hypocrite when she dresses like a witch and listens to Joy Division?
The crew finishes things out with takes on the movies Mandy, Hereditary, and First Reformed (warning: contains spoilers).
Happy Hallowe'en, you dirty commies!!!
Outro music: Roky Erickson - I Walked With a Zombie
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