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
Sales rank: 1,094,343
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.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I The Horror Film Analyzed

1 Purpose 5

2 Knowing 18

3 DDB Profile 28

4 Structure 38

5 Essential Elements 47

6 Ethics 61

7 Meaning and Significance 72

8 Evaluation of a Good Horror Film 83

9 Evaluation of a Bad Horror Film 96

Part II The Horror Film in Context

10 Genres 107

11 History: Beginnings to the 1950s 117

12 History: 1960s to the Present 131

13 Reputation 143

14 Taxonomy 151

15 Techniques 168

16 Directors 181

17 Stars and DDBs 194

18 Other Directions 201

Notes 209

Bibliography 215

Index 219

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