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

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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...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...

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

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... crisis. The survivors know what they know solely from television, even if what the television is telling them differs from their own experience. Head Security guard C. J. (Michael Kelly) observes a sheriff (played by Tom Savini) barking...

Fear of/from Religion

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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... own religious beliefs to limit stem cell research. As W. J. T. Mitchell notes, until 9/11, cloning and stem cells were a central concern of the Bush administration, in its focus on the ‘culture of life’ (2011: 1). Even before 9/11,...

9/11 as Horror

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... films that imagine terrorists as aliens. W. J. T. Marshall posits that 9/11 ‘was an attack by aliens, by ‘foreign bodies’ that had taken advantage of American hospitality to infiltrate our borders’ (emphasis in original) (2011: 46)....

Manufacturing Fear

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... used all the modern resources he could to return the village to a pre-modern time. As Kevin the security guard (Charlie Hofheimer) gathers the medical supplies Ivy has asked him for, the audience can see the headlines of three articles...

Horrific Nostalgia: Remaking the Slasher Film

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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...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...

Documenting the Horror

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... that he or she might be in real danger. But Hud (T. J. Miller) in Cloverfield, Jason (Josh Close) in Diary of the Dead and Daniel (Adam Grimes) in The Last Exorcism are characters unto themselves who all die in horrible ways at the end...

Introduction

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... in the immediate wake of 9/11 are, in the words of Matthew J. Morgan, ‘triumphant narratives’, celebrating American victories during and after the terror attack (2009: 2). But 9/11 did not feel like a victorious experience. Again, Versluy’s...

‘Because you were home’: Anonymous and Random Death

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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... within a moral universe in which death is not random or anonymous, but the direct result of one’s choices and actions. Annie (Nancy Kyes) and Lynda (P. J. Soles) in Halloween are both killed because they act in immoral ways. Annie deserts her...

‘Torture Porn’ and What It Means to Be American

Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

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... the American body.We might also note that in addition to American torture and special rendition, the news was also full of Americans suffering grievous bodily harm. Perhaps W. J. T. Marshall summarizes it best:Then, in May of 2004, images...