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A History of Animal Horror Cinema
Umeå University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. University of York, UK.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (LNUC Concurrences in Postcolonial Studies)
2015 (English)In: Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism / [ed] Johan Höglund, Katarina Gregersdotter, Nicklas Hållén, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 19-36 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter outlines the history of Animal Horror Cinema and highlights important periods and discursive developments within the genre. The chapter also discusses this type of cinema in relation to other kinds of horror films and observes that the focus on the relation between animality and humanity makes films like Jaws (1975), The Birds (1963) and Cujo (1983) different in theoretically significant ways from supernatural horror narratives and from ‘eco-horror’ films. Economic and technical restrictions often mean that animal horror films are not realist in a strict sense. The size of animals is often exaggerated and they are given human traits. Even so, human characters’ encounters with animals in animal horror cinema is more ‘real’ than the kind of encounters with the invisible, supernatural forces from beyond the realm of reality that have dominated the history of horror cinema.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 19-36 p.
Keyword [en]
Animal Studies, Horror Studies
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Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46684DOI: 10.1057/9781137496393_2Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84968860967ISBN: 9781137496386 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46684DiVA: diva2:859765
Available from: 2015-10-08 Created: 2015-10-08 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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