Transcript: TVO Haunts: How horror found its pop culture niche | Oct 27, 2017A black slate appears with the caption "There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion. Edgar Allan Poe."
(spooky music plays)
Melting body sculptures with eyes on their palms appear.
A caption reads "Jim Shedden. Co-curator, Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters."
Jim is in his fifties, bald and with a long gray beard. He wears glasses and a black T-shirt with a print on the front.
He says HORROR IS A PART OF LIFE,
OR EVEN IF IT'S JUST IMAGINARY,
IT'S PART OF THE IMAGINATION.
FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S JUST AN
AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE - THEY LIKE THE
THRILL OF BEING SCARED, THE THRILL
OF BEING GROSSED OUT. I THINK FOR
OTHERS IT'S MORE PROFOUND, MORE
POETIC. MY NAME IS JIM SHEDDEN,
AND I'M THE CO-CURATOR OF GUILLERMO
DEL TORO: AT HOME WITH MONSTERS,
HERE AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO.
A caption reads "The AGO exhibit houses Guillermo del Toro’s personal collection showcasing everything from movie monsters to famous authors. Shedden curated the exhibit through his connection to horror culture."
Clips from classic horror movies rolls with the caption "Credit: Falcon International Productions/youtube.com; United Artists Corporation/youutube.com; Vortex Inc./youtube.com."
Jim says WHEN I WAS A KID JUST GOING TO
UNIVERSITY AND STUDYING FILM I GOT
INTO 1970S AMERICAN HORROR FILMS,
AND THAT WAS IN THE EARLY '80S. AND
DISCOVERED THROUGH A RADICAL CRITIC,
A GUY NAMED ROBIN WOOD, HE BECAME REALLY
INTERESTED IN WHAT HE SAW AS THE SUBTEXT
IN FILMS LIKE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACURE
AND NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT RAW, LOW-BUDGET HORROR
FILMS THAT HAD A VERY VISCERAL ENERGY.
THEY WERE HAPPENING DURING WATERGATE,
DURING VIETNAM, AND ALL THAT. I JUST
KIND OF FELL INTO THAT WORLD. BUT WHERE
WE'RE AT TODAY, I DON'T KNOW - THERE'S
SORT OF EVERYTHING. A REALLY POSITIVE
THING IN THE CULTURE, BECAUSE OF THE
INTERNET, IS THAT WE HAVE THE RISE OF
HE NICHE IN A REALLY POSITIVE WAY.
THERE'S SO MANY GREAT BOOKS AND GREAT
LECTURES THAT HAVE NOW BEEN DOCUMENTED.
AND GREAT PODCASTS.
Podcast pages such as "Night Vale" and "The no sleep podcast" appear.
Jim says THAT'S ONE THING I
CAN SEE, THAT THERE'S A RENEWED INTELLECTUAL,
THOUGHTFUL TAKE ON ALL OF THIS. REALLY
UNDERSTANDING THAT HORROR IS IN
CHILDREN'S CULTURE, HIGH-ART CULTURE, AND
MAINSTREAM CULTURE. THERE'S A LOT OF
INTELLIGENCE OUT THERE. AND I THINK
THERE'S SOMETHING THAT CONNECTS IT ALL -
I JUST DON'T KNOW. I'M SO OPEN TO OLD
THINGS THAT WE'VE ASSEMBLED HERE THAT
I'M NOT READY TO SAY THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
THIS OR THAT THING.
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The TVO logo appears in orange in front of a lit pumpkin.