The Dysmorphia of Being Online in ‘We’re All Going to the World’s Fair’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

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April is firmly in the rearview, though Trace and I are still basking in the great conversations we had about Mexican sci-fi film The Untamed, 80s live-action/animation technical marvel Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and our pair of vampire films: Swedish teen coming of age ‘Let The Right One In and Western/Horror hybrid Near Dark.

Now it’s a new month, so we’re tackling screen life horror with Jane Schoenbrun’s brand new found footage film, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021).

In the film, isolated and “always online” teenager Casey (newcomer Anna Cobb) becomes immersed in a role-playing horror game, wherein she begins to document the changes that may or may not be happening to her. Her increasingly erratic videos attract the attention of an older man, JLB (Michael J Rogers) who becomes obsessed with her safety, but may have nefarious intentions.

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Episode 176 – We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021) feat. Mary Beth McAndrews

This week we’re covering non-binary trans filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun‘s screen life film, ‘We’re All Going To The World’s Fair’ (2021).

Along for the ride is Dread Central’s Editor-In-Chief – and found footage expert – Mary Beth McAndrews, who praises World’s Fair as a great example of a hybrid screen life film.

Using interviews and quotes from Schoenbrun’s director statement, Trace adds context to this ominous tale of internet celebrity while Mary Beth shares details of her childhood online, which includes catfishing!

Plus: debates about what is real online, predatory behavior vs smart teens, Joe’s fascination with Lonely Girl 15, Internet memes and creepypastas, and our multiple interpretations of the film’s ambiguous ending 

Cross out We’re All Going to the World’s Fair!

Coming up on Wednesday: The calendar configuration has blessed us with a new Friday the 13th, so we’re checking out ‘Meta Jason’ with Part VI, Jason Lives (1986)!

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for more than 178 hours of additional content! This month, we’re discussing horror movies that make us cry, Shudder’s new zombie movie The Sadness, the remake of Firestarter, Alex Garland’s Men and an audio commentary on 28 Weeks Later to commemorate its 15th anniversary!

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