Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen

Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen

by Douglas E. Cowan
     
 

Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book, Douglas Cowan argues that horror films are opportune vehicles for externalizing the fears that lie inside

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Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book, Douglas Cowan argues that horror films are opportune vehicles for externalizing the fears that lie inside our religious selves: of evil; of the flesh; of sacred places; of a change in the sacred order; of the supernatural gone out of control; of death, dying badly, or not remaining dead; of fanaticism; and of the power--and the powerlessness--of religion.

Baylor University Press

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Cowan proves that the genre of horror film belongs firmly in the interest of religious studies.

-S. Brent Plate, Associate Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts, Texas Christian University, and author of Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-creation of the World

Nova Religio - Mark Lambert

For those interested in religion and film, this is a must read as it investigates and legitimizes an oft-overlooked niche of the film world.

CHOICE

Readers should take up this darkly pleasurable book... A remarkably engaging colloquial work on the salience of religion for the neglected genre of horror films... Recommended. All readers, all levels.

Video Watchdog - J. Todd Kingrea

For anyone interested in the intersection between religion and horror cinema, and an exploration of the fears that lie behind our quest for meaning, this is a superb book to have on hand.

Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas

Well written and expertly organized, this book will certainly be exciting to movie buffs, and, because of its central emphasis upon the cultural and religious angst inherent in horror movies, will appeal to the intelligent thinker. American Studies scholars may find it a welcome exploration into a topic little explored in American scholarship.

Nova Religio

Sacred Terror will prove a compelling and necessary read for a motley audience.... For those interested in religion and film, this is a must read as it investigates and legitimizes an oft-overlooked niche of the film world. Further, the revelation of cultural ambivalence towards and fear of religion necessitates dialogue and study in theological and sociological environments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602580183
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Pages:
325
Sales rank:
1,324,066
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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S. Brent Plate

Cowan proves that the genre of horror film belongs firmly in the interest of religious studies.

Meet the Author

Douglas E. Cowan (Ph.D. University of Calgary) is Professor of Religious Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo.

Baylor University Press

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