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Payton McCarty-Simas

Payton McCarty-Simas is a freelance writer, artist, and editor based in New York City. Their most recent work focuses on horror film and literature, psychedelics, and queerness.

A24’s Folk Horror Boom and Bust

For the last few years, A24 has critically dominated the horror genre with films such as Robert Eggers’s The Witch (2015) and Ari Aster's Hereditary (2018). Both directors’ follow-up films (Eggers’s The Lighthouse and Aster’s Midsommar, both from 2019) concretized the studio’s reputation for horror films with a penchant for hyper-formalist attention to detail, broader social commentary, and references to folklore, witchcraft, psychedelia, and the supernatural.

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The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2022

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