Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema's Holy Terrors

Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema's Holy Terrors


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ISBN-13: 9780786494798
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Markus P.J. Bohlmann is professor of English at Seneca College, Toronto. He is on the editorial board for Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children's Popular Culture and Children and Youth in Popular Culture. Sean Moreland has published numerous essays, primarily on literary and cinematic horror, as well as poetry and short fiction. He is chief editor of Postscripts to Darkness (, and is on the editorial board for the Edgar Allan Poe Review.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword Steven Bruhm 1

Foreword: Sweet Demons-And Us James R. Kincaid 7

Introduction: Holy Terrors and Other Musings on Monstrous-Childness Markus P.J. Bohlmann Sean Moreland 9

Part I Look Who's Stalking

Monstrous Newborns and the Mothers Who Love Them: Critiques of Intensive Mothering in Twenty-First-Century Horror Films Karen J. Renner 27

"She needs more": The Villainization of Infertile Women in Horror Films Brooke W. Edge 42

When Procreation Becomes Perversion: Zombie Babies Kristine Larsen 61

Part II Frankenstein's Kindergarten

"My hideous cinematic progeny": Rosemary's Baby, Eraserhead and Frankenstein Sarah Leventer 79

"Doesn't everyone want their parents dead?" Monstrous Children in the Films of Ridley Scott Colin Yeo 96

Of Radioactive Sprites and Diminutive Tyrants: Hammer's Monstrous Children Rebecca A. Brown 107

Part III The Adoption Papers (Adaptations)

What About Grendel's Son? Shades of Monstrosity in Beowulf and Grendel Danny Gorny 125

Bringing Out Henry James's Little Monsters: Two Film Approaches to The Turn of the Screw Fredrik Tydal 142

The Monstrous Child: Replacement and Repetition in The Shining Dustin Freeley 160

Part IV Troubled Teens and In-Betweens

Demon Drugs or Demon Children: Take Your Pick Sharon Packer 173

Disability and Slasher Cinema's Unsung "Children" John Edgar Browning 177

Monstrous Mammies in Lee Daniels's Precious Debbie Olson 188

Violent Nymphs: Vampire and Vigilante Children in Contemporary Cinema Lisa Cunningham 206

Part V Peek-A-Boo: Future Monstrosities and Beyond

"Insects trapped in amber": The Mutant Child Seer in Contemporary Spanish Horror Film Jessica Balanzategui 225

Hanna: The Child as Monster Who Is Supposed to Believe Tamas Nagypal 245

Afterword: Monstrously Yours? Kathrynbond Stockton 261

Afterword Harry M. Benshoff 267

A bout the Contributors 271

Index 275

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susieyoko More than 1 year ago
Really appreciated the quality of the essays and the scholarly work that went into the pieces. Sarah Leventer's essay was especially well thought out and written. Would recommend to others who have an interest in this area of cinema.