The Anatomy of Horror Films
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3430
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Media Studies
Filmmakers working in the horror genre foreground and manipulate a culture's collective fears. This course is a political survey of horror films that reveal a direct relationship to the social unconscious. We begin with several classics: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, King Kong, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein. We then examine some more or less contemporary pictures as examples of newly identified subgenres, such as rape-revenge, splatter, and slasher films. Readings from Georges Bataille, William Everson, Stephen King, Judith Butler, and Carol Clover help us explore and expand on the concepts of terror and gender as we discuss the horror film in relation to themes like performativity, identification, and female and cross-dressing serial killers.