In Dreams Are Monsters

Through five mythical archetypes – the zombie, vampire, witch, ghost and beast – we trace how monstrous bodies have been represented and reclaimed by new voices in horror.

Monsters have always been a part of us, in the stories we tell ourselves, our collective imagination and our shared nightmares. Horror films make those monsters real. Since the inception of cinema horror has been the most radical and innovative genre. In this season, we trace how the imagery of our nightmares has been created through films and how stories of monsters have always been political. Through five mythical archetypes – the beast, ghost, vampire, witch and zombie – we trace how monstrous bodies have been represented and how they have been reclaimed by new voices in horror filmmaking. Each archetype doesn’t so much inform a subgenre as it does a taste for horror. There’s something for everyone here: tales of blood and seduction; of glorious, excessive gore; of teenagers turned monstrous; of the dead risen and angry. Horror is the genre of our times, and it speaks both to and for everyone.

Michael Blyth, Anna Bogutskaya and Kelli Weston

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This influential Dracula adaptation contains some of the most famous images of expressionist film, and remains shocking and stylish after 100 years.


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Depraved sexual practices and satanic violence envelop a remote country village in this exciting period horror.

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This stunningly beautiful anthology of Japanese ghost stories is one of the most meticulously crafted supernatural films ever made.

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Documentary revisiting a British TV phenomenon, featuring exclusive interviews with the show's main cast and crew, and never-before-seen material.


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Disney fairytale meets body horror in this Brazilian marvel about Clara, who accepts a nanny position from Ana, a wealthy mother-to-be. Quite possibly the greatest contemporary horror film you’ve never seen.

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