Thursday, 06 January 2011

"Slow Horror" Syllabus Same deal as the other and same rules apply. I'm still not happy with the title (or finished adding texts to teach), but there you go. For most of its existence as a genre, horror has been a matter of pace; however, for the past decade writers and directors have worked under the assumption that it is about gore (Saw MCMXVII: The Revenge of the Man with His Eyes Where His Kidneys Once Were) or quick pointless deaths (28 Hundred Days Later: Cardiff Hosts the Action Zombie Olympics). Critics surmised the reason for the popularity of the torture porn like Saw and The Human Centipede was the law of diminishing returns: once an audience has seen one man reduced to four stumps, it requires something even more debasing to satisfy its vicarious sociopathy. Their reason for the popularity of films like 28 Days Later is more mundane: the average American attention span rivals that of a spastic child, so a director who lets terror creep slowly risks having his or her audience forget why they were supposed to be scared. Recent developments in the genre, however, indicate that these critics may have been a bit cynical. The past two years have witnessed a renaissance in the classic horror mode which we'll be calling “slow horror.” Texts: Blow Up (the classic “slow” film) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“Hush” and how no dialogue intensifies the horror) The Walking Dead (graphic novel and television series) Doctor Who (“The Time of Angels”) 30 Days of Night (graphic novel and film)

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