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By: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Published: 03-22-2012
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 248
ISBN: 9781441132956
Imprint: Continuum
Illustrations: 18
Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

The horror film is meant to end in hope: Regan McNeil can be exorcized.
A hydrophobic Roy Scheider can blow up a shark. Buffy can and will slay
vampires. Heroic human qualities like love, bravery, resourcefulness, and
intelligence will eventually defeat the monster. But, after the 9/11,
American horror became much more bleak, with many films ending with
the deaths of the entire main cast.

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema illustrates how contemporary
horror films explore visceral and emotional reactions to the attacks and
how they underpin audiences' ongoing fears about their safety. It examines
how scary movies have changed as a result of 9/11 and, conversely, how
horror films construct and give meaning to the event in a way that other
genres do not. Considering films such as Quarantine, Cloverfield, Hostel
and the Saw series, Wetmore examines the transformations in horror
cinema since 9/11 and considers not merely how the tropes have changed,
but how our understanding of horror itself has changed.

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