On today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer/host Ted Coe welcomes back Greg Burris, a doctoral candidate in UCSB’s Department of Film and Media Studies. This summer, Burris is teaching a course called “Peace, Love, and Cannibals: Hippie Horror Films of the Sixties and Seventies.”
For two hours, the duo will share music and trailers from ’60s and ’70s horror cinema, while also discussing the political subtexts of these influential films: Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960), Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968), Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974), Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), Ganja and Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973), The Velvet Vampire (Stephanie Rothman, 1971), The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973) Sisters (Brian DePalma, 1973), It’s Alive (Larry Cohen, 1974), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), The Hills Have Eyes (Wes Craven, 1977), and more.
Burris’s overall academic work explores the links between media, culture, and emancipatory politics, bringing together Palestinian film and media, globalization theory, and transnational solidarity.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Summer from 11am-1pm.