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By Brigid Cherry

During this Routledge movie Guidebook, viewers researcher and movie pupil Brigid Cherry presents a entire evaluation of the horror movie and explores how the style works. studying the way in which horror movies create pictures of gore and the uncanny via movie know-how and results, Cherry offers an account of ways cinematic and stylistic units create responses of terror and disgust within the viewer.

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She calls these types of film body genres since they all feature bodily excess (and it is important that the excessive body is most often gendered female) and the films rely on the spectacle of the body undergoing intense uncontrollable emotions. Obviously, these spectacles of emotion are intended to be mirrored in the spectator. In the horror film, this is in the ‘portrayal of violence and terror’ in which the body is out of control, ‘beside itself ’ with fear (2003: 144). Williams suggests that the aesthetic of the horror film is designed to bring about intense sensations of fear, in other words to provoke affective experiences around depictions of violence.

The slasher formula is often taken to be something along the lines of ‘a killer returns to the scene of his or her earlier crimes and kills a group of people one by one, before finally being killed by a female survivor’. However, even films within the same cycle quickly evolve beyond the basics. The three most significant films in the original slasher cycle are Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, each having initiated a long series of sequels and each having a monstrous killer who has become a horror icon (Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger).

The examples in this discussion are drawn from the original cycle of slasher films; there is no particular reason for choosing the slasher except that the original cycle consists of a relatively contained set of films produced over a short period of time. Dika (1990) delineates the peak of the slasher film to be the period between 1978 and 1981, though it is perhaps worth extending that to the mid-1980s (the cycle has a long tail with seemingly endless sequels through to the 1990s and a resurgence in the wake of Scream, of course, but it is the main cycle when the subgenre THE H ORROR GENRE: FORM A ND FUNCTION 19 20 HORR OR Figure 1 The Shaun of the Dead poster signposts the film’s generic hybridity.

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