WATCHERS IN THE WOODS: REFLEXIVITY IN HORROR CINEMA

Date/Time
Date(s) - Mon. Oct. 8, 2012
12:00 am

Location
Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

Instructor
Kristopher Woofter

Admission

The critical frenzy around the recent postmodern horror film, The Cabin in the Woods (2012), as a game-changer or reinvention of the horror genre, suggests that journalists (and even fans) have forgotten that horror is always-already a reflexive genre. Horror films show a formal awareness of the constraints and conditions within which horror genre artists work, regarding the expectations of a knowledgeable fan-base, the production realities of a limited budget, having to work within and against traditional horror themes and conventions, and with other genres and other media (e.g., television, gaming), and even with existing horror scholarship. This introductory class will give students a pathway into the critical study and discussion of horror through healthy debate around the way popular (and sometimes scholarly) discourse problematically frames horror as constantly in crisis and in need of rejuvenation. In addition to clips from The Cabin in the Woods, we will screen in its entirety Tod Browning’s 1935 film Mark of the Vampire.