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The Horror Film

Examines a body of narrative and/or non-narrative films related by virtue of style, theme, director(s), or region of origin, from historical and theoretical perspectives. Recent topics: Road Movies; Apocalypse Cinema; Iranian Cinema. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL, or instructor permission.

Section: IHFILM-342-01C
Credits: 4
Faculty: Debra M White-Stanley
Days: MWF
Times: 2:00PM‑5:30PM (MWF)
Start/End Date: 05/20/24 - 06/28/24
Instruction Method: Online Course
Comments: This horror film course explores film criticism, social historyand the history of contemporary film through the horror genre. Through the development of the horror film genre, including itsmany subgenres and iconic figures, we will learn visual and soundanalysis of film, have a chance to write discussion posts andmake video essays, and of course - explore the ways that horroraudiences have ritualized their fears about the social orderthrough this genre. We will explore questions like: . What is the nature of the fear we experience whilewatching horror films and why is that fear strangely comfortingfor some of us?. How does the horror film relate to violent crimes, wars,and the inequalities of race and class? . Why do film critics often disagree with each other overthe social significance of films such as The Texas ChainsawMassacre and Halloween? . Who makes money from the horror film genre, and whodoesn't?Sample films we will discuss: Night of the Living Dead (Karyn Kusama, 1968)The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)Suspiria (Italy, Dario Argento, 1977)Odishon/Audition (South Korea/Japan, Miike Tashaki, 1999)Jennifer's Body (Italy, Dario Argento, 2009)Haute Tension/High Tension (France, Alexandre Aja, 2003) Don't miss this chance to experience how good an online class canbe, screams of pain (coming from the films), and film analysisthat you can't get enough of! Sign up now!

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