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A Return to the Graveyard

A Return to the Graveyard

Notes on the Spiritual Horror Film

Chapter:
(p.142) A Return to the Graveyard
Source:
American Horror Film
Author(s):
James Kendrick
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0009

This chapter examines the spiritual horror film. Taking as its point of departure the phenomenal box office success of The Sixth Sense and the cycle of American ghost stories it initiated, it speculates about the resonance that these films, with their spectral theme, have for contemporary viewers, and how they are positioned within a larger cultural landscape that often favors more overtly violent forms of body horror.

Keywords:   American horror film, supernatural horror, Sixth Sense, ghost stories

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