Episode 9: Horror of the One Percent

Image from  The Purge: Election Year

Image from The Purge: Election Year

Rich people want to eat you. That's the literal plot in a lot of horror movies, and the subtext of many more. Inspired by The Purge saga, we're talking about movies and TV where class warfare becomes a blood-soaked battleground. From recent standouts Get Out and Crimson Peak, to cult classics Human Centipede and Society, these stories evoke a very real fear, which is that the ultra-rich are predators and everyone else is prey.

Works Cited:

The Purge


Hard Target

Get Out



The Tuskegee experiments

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

Dracula, by Bram Stoker


The Vampire Diaries

Capital, by Karl Marx

Blade II

Human Centipede

Crimson Peak

Paranormal Activity


The Conjuring

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Drag Me to Hell

American Horror Story: Murder House and Coven

I Walked with a Zombie

People Under the Stairs

Tananarive Due

Annalee Newitz