Call Number: PN1995.9 .H6 M65 2013
Reviewed By: Kaeli Vandertulip
Kaeli's Rating: 3.5/5
Horror is a fascinating movie genre. It is a fun-house mirror of society, showing what our culture fears, disdains, rejects, extols, and relishes. Horror excels at punishing what society condemns, as indicated by the phrase “Vice precedes slice and dice.” Horror is also becoming a legitimate field for scholarship, with literary critics, social scientists, and culture wonks cranking out books, documentaries, and scholarly articles. Books such as The Philosophy of Horror or Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue examine this genre in a full historical context, showing the evolution of the horror film through our atomic power fears and xenophobia through to our infection and invasion fears.