While horror is usually regarded as apolitical, our beloved genre is actually a powerful tool for expressing society’s fluctuating anxieties; horror is also a reflection of the real-life terrors we face every day: Godzilla expresses fears of nuclear war, The Purge reflects an impending dystopia, and alien invasion film are metaphors for xenophobia.
But horror is also brave enough to face reality head on, taking inspiration from actual human tragedy, using every shocking tool in its arsenal; The Girl Next Door, The Snowtown Murders, and Elephant (which was based on the massacre at Columbine high school) are examples.
Check out the trailer below for Dark Night, a film directed by Tim Sutton and based on the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado that transpired during a showing of The Dark Knight in 2012. Few movie previews are as sobering and effective as this one is.
Official Synopsis: The lives of six strangers intersect at a suburban Cineplex where a massacre occurs.
“Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Hélène Louvart, the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton’s carefully crafted landscapes and the characters’ sense of alienation and suburban malaise.” (Source)
Dark Night stars Anna Rose Hopkins, Robert Jumper, and Karina Macias.