Instructor: Bullins MWF 1:25 PM – 2:20 PM
This course examines the horror film genre, introducing students to key questions explored by film scholars, such as: What are the conventions of the horror film? How did they develop and how have they spread to other film genres and forms of entertainment? How has this marginal genre become mainstream? Are horror films misogynistic or depraved? What is their appeal? What pleasures do these films offer spectators? How do the viewing experiences of male and female spectators compare? In what ways do viewers identify with the killers and the victims in these films? What is the relation between narrative and spectacle in these films? In what ways are horror films politically conservative or progressive? What might they tell us about the cultures in which they are produced?