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They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To

On the Rhetoric of Crisis and the Current State of American Horror Cinema

(p.vii) Introduction
American Horror Film
Steffen Hantke
University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter, which begins by presenting a pessimist’s view of American horror films, suggests that over the last decade, starting from around the mid-1990s, the genre has fallen into a slump. It then reviews academic studies of American horror films between 2002 and 2006; considers the problems that writers of film histories face when dealing with a genre that remains a vital element in the cultural landscape; and discusses the responses of fans and general audiences to the mainstreaming of American horror films. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   American horror film, horror genre, film studies, horror film fans

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