WILLIAMSTOWN -- This October, Williams College presents "Halloween Screamings," a series of related events that allow the community to examine horror, monsters, and what frightens us -- all through an academic lens.
Anchoring the October events are three horror film screenings at Images Cinema, each followed by a faculty-led discussion. All screenings and discussions are free and open to the public. Audience participation is especially encouraged during the discussions.
Bernard Rose’s "Candyman" (1992) will open the series on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The film is based on Clive Barker’s short story, "The Forbidden," and takes place in and around a pub lic housing development in Chicago.
Christian Thorne, associate professor of English, will be joined by Gretchen Long, associate professor of history and chairman of Africana studies, to discuss this film.
Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The series will feature Takashi Shimizu’s 2005 film "Rinne" (Reincarnation). The film is about a movie director who sets out to make a film about a massacre committed by a college professor studying reincarnation. Jason Josephson, assistant professor of religion, will be joined by Christopher Bolton, associate professor of comparative and Japanese literature, and Lawrence Raab, Morris Professor of Rhetoric, to discuss this film.
On Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., Tomas Alfredson’s "Let the Right One In" (2008) will be shown. The film takes place in Sweden in the early 1980s and is about a bullied 12-year-old boy and the friendship he develops with a vampire. Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. will speak after the screening, along with Denise Buell, professor of religion, and professors Lawrence Raab and Thorne. There will be free popcorn and candy corn at this event.
Other events in the series: On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4:15 p.m., Deb Brothers, costume director and lecturer in theater. will demonstrate how spirits, monsters, and gore are created onstage. This event will be held in the Directing Studio at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance.
At the Williams College Museum of Art on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m., Deena Bak ‘13 will usher visitors through the museum, unearth ing monsters in the museum’s collection. Bak will ask visitors to consider the nature of fear in a variety of cultural contexts.
The college libraries will also participate with exhibitions in their display cases. "What Scares You?" a collection of scary books and movies selected by faculty, students, and staff will be on view at Sawyer Library from Oct. 25 through 31 in the first-floor display case. Upstairs, from Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, three gouache paintings by Pauline Baynes will be on view. The works, from the Chapin Library of Rare Books, are part of Baynes’ unpublished series Mythical Creatures. The works include images of St.
George and the Dragon, from the medieval legend; The Jab berwock, from Lewis Carroll’s "Jabberwocky" in "Through the Looking-Glass," and Shelob from J. R. R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings." Books from the gory, scary world of science will be on display at Schow Sci ence Library Oct. 1 through 31.
All events are sponsored by the Arts at Williams and the Williams College Department of English.
Images Cinema is at 50 Spring St. Information on the films: www.imagescinema.org/ events.