Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film
Bloomsbury Academic, 31. okt. 2002 - 220 sÝur
What is the audience for horror? Why should we want to read books or watch films that make us afraid, or that contain acts of violence or depravity?
Horror has had an established tradition in both fiction and film. From books such as Frankenstein and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to films such as Se7en and The Blair Witch Project, the genre holds an irresistible appeal for modern audiences. But what is it? Is horror an anti-establishment force and an argument for social revolution? Is it a liberating expose of human nature and a peek at the dark side of the unconscious? Or is it pure evil, designed to corrupt and deprave?