Horror film class begins Oct. 31

By Zico Dumo - Staff Reporter

A class that will dissect the paradoxes of the female body in American Horror films, will be open to Highline students starting on Halloween. The class will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays in Building 29, room 102.

Tommy Kim, professor of the upcoming class, said Paradox of the Female body in American Horror is a two-credit class that will attempt to pull apart how the objectification of a female character is used to empower her in American Horror Films.

Topics such as female sexuality, the transition from monster films to horror films and society's influences on the genre will be covered.

"Woman are seen as [both] subject and object," Kim said.

He said women are depicted as a typical sexual stereotype in the beginning of a movie, but that objectification serves to add a contrast that creates more depth to their character when they become the protagonist or "the subject of the film."

Professor Kim said he pulls together a class every Winter Quarter on films, and always makes an effort to connect it to current affairs. He said he chose to teach about paradoxes of the female body because of the talk in the media recently about sexual harassment.

He said society has a big influence on horror films and that modern stereotypes help build modern horror.

Stereotypes give people a familiar base and then when uncanny happenings are added, it causes fear, he said.

In this class, he hopes to teach how different female stereotypes throughout the years have affected American Horror Films.

Students interested in taking the class can register in Building 6 or online on the Highline website. The tuition for the class is $205.82 with no textbook required.

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