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Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture

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Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radically--every time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twist--it has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror films--includi ...more
Published May 1st 2005 by Praeger (first published 2000)
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This is an excellent criticism of popular horror films by an damn good film scholar. What makes this book special is not only that it is talking about cool movies, but also that it remarkably accessibly to a wide variety of audience. You don't have to get a Ph.D from Penn State in Rhetorical Studies to understand how Phillips shows that these films resonate with particular cultural circumstances in the times of their release.
I really enjoyed this book. I love the subject, I love the clear, concise writing and organization, and I love 8 of the 10 films discussed.

I would like to highly recommend this book especially to anyone who has ever asked me "how can you watch that crap" or "why would anyone WANT to be frightened?" Just like the creatures and killers that haunt their celluloid - horror films are not always what they seem.

And as much as a horror movie aficionado and fan I may be, I still learned a lot from this
A fascinating revelation of the fears that haunt American society. I have a better understanding of myself, my parents, my grandparents and American culture. Every film history class should read this book.
More analytical than i wanted to read. If i was doing an essay though i would highly recommend it.
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