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Student Film Club Makes Socially Progressive Horror Film

University of Delaware film club Reel Productions hopes to revolutionize the horror genre with their new film, Nightmare on Main Street. The group has reportedly broken from the traditional thriller mold to create a new culturally appropriate movie experience.


“We are sick of watching groups of blond girls get their organs taken out by some ax-wielding white male,” says one of the films writers, Kayla Sherlock. “Our movie brings a different story: one that treats everyone equally.”


The goal of the movie is to achieve equality among all races, genders, and socioeconomic classes by granting all individuals even chances at incurring violent death. The plot leaves room for a variety of death and mutilation, with a unique and well-developed set of characters.


The protagonists of the film are a group of middle aged men and women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, who know each other through their employment at a local grocery store. The protagonists are not exceptionally attractive and are comfortable with their imperfect bodies, proving that you don’t need to look like a supermodel to have your abdomen torn open with a sickle and your intestines strung like tinsel around a demonic shrine.


“These characters are a departure from traditional roles that find a villain in a wealthy middle aged white male with obsessive inclinations,” says Sherlock, “and tragic heroes in a group of almost entirely Caucasian college students. Our film features other perspectives, like the underrepresented non-binary-identifying members of the queer community, who are just as likely to be lured into the dungeon of spinning blades and infant feet.”


The antagonist is an Asian female between the ages of 50 and 65 with a thoroughly middle class income. She does not suffer from demonic possession, but instead from a mental disease that induces violent tendencies. The group hopes that this villain will help to start a conversation among friends about mental health.


The students involved with the creation of the film are reportedly working with a set of guidelines to ensure that their characters and plot do not fall into the rut frequented by horror genre. These guidelines include ensuring that the first protagonist to die is not an African American male or a sexually adventurous female, minimizing nudity and sexual encounters not relevant to the plot, and avoiding making the antagonist a random mess of appropriated non-western cultures.


“We hope that our film will promote the idea of equality, and demonstrate that all humans are capable of having their eyeballs pierced by spears and fed to the Antichrist. We’re really trying to create something beautiful here,” says Sherlock.


The film can be viewed free of charge in the Trabant theatre in the days leading up to Halloween.

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