Main Menu

Land After Hours: The Ozarks in the Southern Gothic – Missouri as a Crossroads in Horror Film and Television

10/4/2023 | Missouri State Museum | Jefferson City, MO

The Missouri landscape serves as the perfect Southern Gothic setting for the horror film and television genre. The Ozarks, with their dense forests of sprawling foliage, open plains and rivers, thick swamps and marshes, old graveyards, and foggy landings, make for an atmospheric setting. Southern Gothic is a subcategory of the Gothic genre commonly associated with the Southern United States. However, the elements of Southern Gothic far exceed the geographical confines of the American South, representing not a place but an experience. Missouri is a region rich in mystical folklore and filled with conflict, a place serving as a crossroads between Midwestern and Southern Gothic.

Join museum education specialist and horror genre enthusiast Angela Wells as she unravels elements of Southern Gothic found in films and series set in Missouri.

The Missouri State Museum's "Landing After Hours" program is held the first Wednesday of each month at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, located at 100 Jefferson St. Doors to the site’s Lohman Building open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. Convenient parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building.

In addition to being held in person, this program will also be livestreamed on the Missouri State Museum’s Facebook page.

Did you know? You don't have to have a Facebook account to view Facebook videos or live programs. Simply follow the link and enjoy:

Program Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Program Location:
  • In person: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St., Jefferson City
  • Virtual: Missouri State Museum Facebook page

The Missouri State Museum is located at:

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, MO | 573-751-2854

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs