“Gaslighting in Sweetheart

At SyFy Fangrrls, Stephanie Williams writes about Justin Dillard’s Sweetheart (2019). “The horror genre can be a powerful vehicle to tell the struggles of marginalized groups of people. When these stories are created by the very people who know these struggles in their everyday lives, the impact is everlasting. That level of authenticity is incomparable to some of the “what if” kind of premises created by people who likely have never dealt with the types of oppressions they imagine for themselves on screen. Black horror, specifically, is hauntingly unique in the way that parts of the story are still very alive for the creators and some of the viewers once the credits stop rolling.”

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