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August 12, 2020

From Bruce to Meg: The Evolution of the Aquatic Horror Blockbuster

We’re shaking off the dust gathered over the pandemic lockdown to bring you some summer horror fun featuring presenter, Joe Lipsett!


With Jaws, Aquatic Horror took a big bite out of the box office and in the process created the modern blockbuster. This virtual lecture will define what constitutes an aquatic horror film and chronicle select historical milestones – from the late 80s mini-boom surrounding The Abyss, to the action creature features of the 90s, to contemporary international blockbusters like The Meg. Along the way, we’ll investigate the sub-genre’s appeal to both audiences and Hollywood, as well as its evolution over the last four decades.

Then follow along @blackmuseumTO for the live-tweet screening of The Meg (2018, dir. Jon Turteltaub)!
Available to stream on Netflix (Canada) or Amazon Prime (US).

Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
Time: Lecture at 7:30pm, live-tweet screening to follow, via @blackmusemTO, at approx. 8:20pm ET
Register for this complimentary event here.

Note: We encourage audience members to contribute a PWYC donation in support of our programming and guest lecturer. You can do that via https://ko-fi.com/blackmuseumto.


Joe Lipsett is a freelance film and television critic. He has written for Bloody Disgusting, Consequence of Sound, The Spool, That Shelf, Grim, Anatomy of a Scream and his own site, QueerHorrorMovies. He is a co-host of Horror Queers, a podcast that examines horror films through a LGTBQ+ lens. While he loves all horror, Joe always opts for slashers and creature features.

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