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The Bigger Picture: ‘Culture Shock’ Marries Horror With Notions Of The American Dream

Horror intersects with the American Dream in our latest installment of The Bigger Picture, where we examine the social or cultural issues in new films.

Martha Higareda in Culture Shock
In Hulu’s Culture Shock, Marisol (Martha Higareda) senses something strange lurking in her new home.

This month, Hulu released Culture Shock, the tenth installment of their horror anthology series Into the Dark.

The movie tells the story of a Mexican woman, Marisol, who desperately wants to leave her native Mexico for the United States but cannot do so legally.

After hiring a coyote to take her across the border, things go awry, and she is seemingly apprehended and suddenly finds herself in a strange — but cozy — American town reminiscent of the 1950s. Everything here is bright and colorful. The townsfolk are exceedingly friendly, and there is no doubt something dark lurks beneath the surface.

Martha Higareda and Barbara Crampton in Culture Shock
Marisol walking with the mysterious Betty (Barbara Crampton) in Hulu’s Culture Shock.

In the latest installment of the Houston Matters segment The Bigger Picture, where we discuss the larger issues in film and television, producer Joshua Zinn discusses the issues of immigration and the American Dream found within the film.

He talks with Stephanie Saint Sanchez, a local filmmaker and organizer of the Senorita Cinema Film Festival, and Cesar Espinosa, director of immigrant rights organization FIEL Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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