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Hopeless Bleak Despair, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Mist

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...I never knew what everybody meant by endless, hopeless bleak despair Until one day when I found out …They Might Be GiantsNumerous nihilistic horror films were made before 9/11 featuring bleak endings with the death of many or all the main...

Fear of/from Religion

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Frum 2003: 140.In a country where almost two-thirds of the population believes in the devil, Bush was identifying Osama bin Laden and his gang as literally Satan.Schlesinger 2004: 116.There are no more dangerous people on earth than those...

‘Because you were home’: Anonymous and Random Death

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...We face an enemy determined to bring death and suffering into our homes.Kristen: ‘Why are you doing this to us?’Dollface: ‘Because you were home …’Random and anonymous death and a sense of nihilism were present in horror long before 9/11....

‘Torture Porn’ and What It Means to Be American

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...But [America] goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy …Quoted in The 9/11 Commission Report (2004: 47).We believe that the worst thieves in the world today and the worst terrorists are the Americans. Nothing shall stop you except...

Documenting the Horror

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Two aspects of our highly mediated lives, not to mention near universal access to the tools of film, video and still photograph production, have resulted in an approach to horror that focuses on documenting horrific experiences...

Horrific Nostalgia: Remaking the Slasher Film

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder, often supported by outlaw regimes, are now spreading throughout the world like ticking time bombs, set to go off without warning.I watched him for fifteen years, sitting...

Introduction

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Every day, particularly after September 11th, every day was September 12th. You got up and you thought it might happen again.There have been a few films made about the terror attacks of September 11 and many more about the war on terror...

9/11 as Horror

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...In his article for The Nation, ‘9/11 in a Movie-Made World’, Tom Engelhardt argues that the United States has cinematically imagined ‘9/11’ long before it happened (2006: 15). Our cinema has presented the destruction of New York...

They Won’t Stay Dead: The Ghosts, Zombies and Vampires of 9/11

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Ghost stories are to do with the insurrection, not the resurrection, of the dead.One need not be a chamber to be haunted.The dead returned with a vengeance after September 11, literally in horror cinema. 9/11 resulted in a transformative...

Manufacturing Fear

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Fear-mongering Horror cinema is rooted in the desire to feel fear. Indeed, Noël Carroll’s two fundamental paradoxes of art horror are about its complex relationship to fear: ‘how can anyone be frightened by what they know does not exist...