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Traumatic Childhood Now Included

Traumatic Childhood Now Included

Todorov’s Fantastic and the Uncanny Slasher Remake

Chapter:
(p.103) Traumatic Childhood Now Included
Source:
American Horror Film
Author(s):
Andrew Patrick Nelson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0007

This chapter presents a comparative analysis of a recent horror remake and its original by adapting the critical approach employed by the literary philosopher Tzvetan Todorov in his seminal 1970 study The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre. It compares John Carpenter’s Halloween and its recent remake by Rob Zombie, and then expands this comparison into a demonstration of the larger transformative mechanisms by which American filmmaking has been appropriating earlier texts to new social and political circumstances.

Keywords:   American horror film, horror remakes, Tzvetan Todorov, slasher films, Halloween, filmmaking

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