Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films

Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films

by George Ochoa

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Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films by George Ochoa

Why are audiences drawn to horror films? Previous answers to that question have included everything from a need to experience fear to a hunger for psychotherapy. This critical text proposes that the horror film’s primary purpose is to present monsters, best understood as deformed and destructive beings. These monsters satisfy the audience’s desire to know these beings, in particular those beings too fantastic and dangerous to know in real life. The text illuminates many aspects of the horror film genre, including epistemology, ethics, evaluation, history, monster taxonomy, and filmmaking techniques.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463077
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/23/2011
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

George Ochoa is the author or coauthor of more than thirty nonfiction books. He is currently a medical writer at Applied Clinical Education in New York. Please visit his blog atdeformeddestructive.blogspot.com.

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