‘Horror of the Humanities’ features filmmaker Ari Aster, haunted house, horrific poetry

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The Avant-garde Haunted House returns in this year’s installment of "Horror of the Humanities" - part of the fall season of events from the DePaul Humanities Center. The event, which also features a film screening, is scheduled for Oct. 28. All are welcome to attend.

With nearly two-dozen exhibits, the haunted house offers visitors tarot readings, silhouette portraits of their ‘shadow self,’ and custom horrific poems written on the spot. For those keen to meet a ‘real’ ghost, one will be on-site to converse about critical thinking and the paranormal. Other displays will explore conspiracy theories on the Internet.

The experience is designed to “elucidate the horror of everyday life that often gets overlooked as well as some of the horrific moments within the history of the arts and humanities,” says H. Peter Steeves, professor of philosophy and director of the center. 

Something new awaits visitors this year: the “Humanities Séance,” during which Steeves will conjure the spirit of a historical figure central to the arts and humanities to interact with the audience. 

A screening of “Hereditary” will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by an onstage conversation with Ari Aster, director and writer of the film that features several scenes with séances. Aster also will discuss intricate themes from his portfolio, including his latest film “Midsommar.” 

Horror of the Humanities VII: "Hereditary"
Monday, Oct. 28
5 p.m. - Avant-Garde Haunted House
5:30 p.m. - Humanities séance
5:45 p.m. - Screening of "Hereditary"
7:50 p.m. - A conversation with writer and director Ari Aster
​​​​Lincoln Park Student Center, room 120 A/B​