Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #344: Mazes and Monsters

*Content Warning, not for young ears! CW: mentions of drug use, child abuse, and suicide

In the post-Vietnam era, the United States was seeing a major cultural change. This included a surge of conservative ideals and concern about anything that might expose children to anything considered "demonic". This "Satanic Panic" would have ripple effects across many avenues including popular culture. We take a look at some of the events that made headlines, along with the made-for-TV film that was loosely "inspired" by one of them. 

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