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American Horror FilmThe Genre at the Turn of the Millennium$
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Steffen Hantke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734539

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.001.0001

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Traumatic Childhood Now Included

Traumatic Childhood Now Included

Todorov’s Fantastic and the Uncanny Slasher Remake

(p.103) Traumatic Childhood Now Included
American Horror Film

Andrew Patrick Nelson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a comparative analysis of a recent horror remake and its original by adapting the critical approach employed by the literary philosopher Tzvetan Todorov in his seminal 1970 study The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre. It compares John Carpenter’s Halloween and its recent remake by Rob Zombie, and then expands this comparison into a demonstration of the larger transformative mechanisms by which American filmmaking has been appropriating earlier texts to new social and political circumstances.

Keywords:   American horror film, horror remakes, Tzvetan Todorov, slasher films, Halloween, filmmaking

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