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Science on Screen®: Why Freddy Haunts Your Nightmares


What is morbid curiosity? Are you curious about what Gladiatorial fights in the Coliseum of Ancient Rome were like? Have you ever wondered how an autopsy is performed? Would you watch a documentary about a famous serial killer?

Social Psychologist Coltan Scrivner will answer these questions and more using A Nightmare on Elm Street as the framework during his Science on Screen ® presentation titled Why Freddy Haunts Your Nightmares. 


A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) | Why Freddy Haunts Your Nightmares a presentation on morbid curiosity with Social Psychologist Coltan Scrivner.

Socially-Distant screening on Thursday, May 6th at 8:00 pm in the 1903 Theatre followed by a virtual presentation by the speaker.

Seating for this screening is limited and will follow all Colonial Theatre safety protocols. Click here to read our full safety guidelines. 

If you purchase a ticket for this event you are not required to stay for the virtual talk following the screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). 


Coltan Scrivner  is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago and a Fellow at the Institute for Mind and Biology in the Behavioral Biology Lab. Broadly, he is interested in the social, cognitive, and biological factors that influence social behavior. Learn more about Coltan, his work, and his publications on his website. 


Science on Screen ® is a grant-funded program that pairs film screenings with presentations by notable speakers in the field of STEM. The Colonial Theatre has participated in this program for 5 consecutive years.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.


The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

A Nightmare On Elm Street will also have regular showings beginning May 7th. For tickets to the subsequent screenings, click here. 


To commemorate this screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Colonial has asked Chris Garofalo of Quiltface Studios to craft a unique event poster. These will only be available at the Thursday, May 6th screening.


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