In honor of the Halloween season, today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, October 28th) resumes a two-part reflection on the popularity of the horror genre in contemporary popular culture — especially vampire and zombie narratives.

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UCSB Professor Dick Hebdige (Art and Film & Media Studies)

Producer/host Ted Coe recently interviewed special guest Professor Dick Hebdige (UCSB’s Departments of Art and Film & Media Studies) who is currently teaching a university course about the phenomenon.

Author of the important cultural studies work Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Hebdige connects punk-rock aesthetics to both romantic gothicism and apocalyptic scenarios. Discusing the historical and political context of George A. Romero‘s groundbreaking film, Night of the Living Dead (and the entire allegorical oeuvre of America’s undisputed “Zombie King”), Hebdige goes on to link Italian horror cinema to an avant-garde tradition, and post-9/11 undead works to current anxieties over global crises. He also gives attention to the seductive literary and cinematic tales of vampirism coming from the imaginations of female authors like Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight Saga), and Charlaine Harris (True Blood).

Image Courtesy La Zanfoña Producciones & UCSB's Carsey-Wolf Center


The recorded conversation closes with comments on a public screening of the 2012 Cuban zombie-satire Juan of the Dead this coming Wednesday, October 30th, 7pm, at UCSB’s Pollock Theater. That night, Film & Media Studies Professor Cristina Venegas will facilitate a Q&A with the visiting writer/director Alejandro Brugués.

Courtesy by the Carsey-Wolf Center, two pairs of tickets will be offered to listeners over the course of today’s broadcast.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon.