Family Blood: Roots and Ritual in Contemporary Horror Films

deadline for submissions: 
August 26, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Sheri Sorvillo and Eric Anderson / George Mason University
contact email: 

FAMILY BLOOD: Roots and Rituals in Contemporary Horror Films

Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
April 1-5, 2020

How and why do contemporary horror films depict families as sites and sources of horror? We are especially interested in discussions of inheritance, possession, trauma, and/or gatherings of families as a community or in a place for ritual-like practices.

Possible films to consider include:

The Witch
Halloween I/II and the remake
The Babadook
Get Out
The Others
House of 1000 Corpses
The Shining
Pet Cemetery
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Orphanage
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Darkness
The Endless
The Other

This is not an exhaustive list. Please free free to choose your own adventure.

Please send 200-250 word proposals to Sheri Sorvillo ( & Eric Anderson ( by midnight on Monday, August 26th.