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Introduction

Introduction

They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To

On the Rhetoric of Crisis and the Current State of American Horror Cinema

Chapter:
(p.vii) Introduction
Source:
American Horror Film
Author(s):
Steffen Hantke
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0001

This introductory chapter, which begins by presenting a pessimist’s view of American horror films, suggests that over the last decade, starting from around the mid-1990s, the genre has fallen into a slump. It then reviews academic studies of American horror films between 2002 and 2006; considers the problems that writers of film histories face when dealing with a genre that remains a vital element in the cultural landscape; and discusses the responses of fans and general audiences to the mainstreaming of American horror films. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   American horror film, horror genre, film studies, horror film fans

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