Socially conscious horror isn't a new invention — the 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead brilliantly dealt with serious racial issues — but it is suddenly hot again due to Get Out, written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele. As the box-office success of Get Out so boldly shows, the subtle racism that minorities experience every day is something to be concerned about.
Horror has always been controversial, so if you appreciate how Get Out examined real-world social problems, check out these other movies and TV shows that tackled extremely controversial topics.
1. 'Pro-Life' (Masters Of Horror)
Whether you're pro-choice or anti-choice, I think we can all agree that abortion is never safe water-cooler talk. While abortions are at an all-time low in the U.S., the debate seems to be at an all-time high. John Carpenter's "Pro-Life," a segment from Showtime's Masters of Horror Season 2, may come off as a little clunky and over the top at times, but it presents a very upfront message about a woman's right to choose — especially if she's impregnated by a demon.
2. 'The Waldo Moment' (Black Mirror)
The Black Mirror episode "The Waldo Moment" tackled what could happen if an outrageous political candidate actually took office. When an animated character runs for parliament and makes a bunch of non-P.C. comments, no one takes it seriously at first; everyone is shocked and troubled when the cartoon is actually elected. Sound familiar?
3. I Spit On Your Grave
People are becoming more and more aware of the light sentences that sexual assailants often receive in America. I Spit On Your Grave (both the 1978 original and the 2010 remake) deals with the pain and hurt that rape can cause. Each version was deemed controversial for depicting how a woman seeks revenge against her rapist. This is a highly sensitive topic for many people, but it clearly must be discussed.
4. 'Rogue Cop Revelation' (Tales From The Hood)
Although it seems like the mainstream media has moved on from discussing police brutality against minorities and the mentally disabled, that doesn't mean it isn't still happening; it's a serious issue across America. Back in 1995, the Tales from the Hood segment "Rogue Cop Revelation" shined a light on police corruption — and why truly bad cops should be held accountable for their actions.
Undocumented is a 2011 indie horror movie about the capture and torture of undocumented immigrants by a radical patriot group. There have been some disturbing reports lately of harassment thrown at immigrants — so sadly, this topic is still all too timely.
6. The Purge Series
The wealth gap is bigger than ever — and growing. With even college-educated individuals struggling to find decent jobs, it makes you wonder about what the future of America will look like with no middle class. As the Purge movies explored, things can get pretty scary, leading to a blood-soaked nightmare.
What's your favorite socially conscious horror film? Let us know in the comments below!