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Horrors in the Closet: Horrifying Heteronormative Scapegoating

The artificial connection between homosexuality and communism created the popular myth of evil and undetectable gay subversives living inside 1950s American society. Film both reflected and refracted the homophobia.

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Horrors in the Closet: A Closet Full of Monsters

A closet full of monsters is a scary place where "straight people" can safely negotiate and articulate their fascination and/or dread of "difference" in sexuality.

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Madness, Obsession and 'Midsomer Murders'

Character development and intelligent storytelling are the two ingredients that make Midsomer Murders such a great detective show.

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'Lifeforce' Is a Rollercoaster Ride with Aliens, Vampires, Zombies and More

Although I fully appreciate and enjoy the creepiness and morbid elegance of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, I firmly believe that Lifeforce is a more complex, stylish, and electrifying film.

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Bringing Horror to the Classroom with 'Fear and Learning'

This enthralling book brings together a collection of 12 case studies where horror narratives have been used to improve the teaching of philosophy, psychology, gender studies, film, and classical literature.

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McFarland

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The Ball Is Back, But Is It Real? 'Phantasm II (Collector's Edition)'

Watching Phantasm II is like having a horrifying nightmare: we may become restless and frightened during the dream, but when we wake up we are able to realize the absurdity of the situation.

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Transgressive Sexuality and Slimy Creatures 'From Beyond (Collector's Edition)'

Except for the squeamish and the virtuous, everybody else should be able to enjoy this depiction of those nightmarish metaphysical horrors that apparently surround our godforsaken existence.

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There's Some Seriously Scary Ethno-Violence in 'Doctor Who: The Ark in Space - Special Edition'

The Doctor and crew are “goaded” to violence, exterminating the alien creatures without prejudice while maintaining their moral viability. Thus, the complexities of post-colonial ideologies are reduced to a conflict between good and evil.

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'The Possession': Out Crawls a Serious Social Problem

Both The Possession and The Exorcist portray the painful demonic possession of a young girl who is already suffering because of the divorce and separation of her parents.

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From Whence They All First Crept, Crawled and Staggered: 'White Zombie'

Victor Halplerin's White Zombie is crucial to understanding the evolution of the zombie as a horror archetype, and allows the viewer to appreciate the revolutionary deconstruction of the undead conducted by George Romero in Night of the Living Dead.

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Hot Chicks Firing High Caliber Weapons, Woo Hoo! 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

This is a bombastic horror film. Its main highlights are exuberant scenes of hot chicks firing high caliber weapons at hordes of zombies and at each other. You will either love it, or you will hate it.

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The Return of the Repressed: 'The Barrens'

The legendary monster is the quintessential Freudian nightmare that expresses “the return of the repressed”.

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Italian Psycho: 'Hatchet for the Honeymoon'

Hatchet for the Honeymoon portrays a genuine Freudian nightmare; a rather bizarre mixture between a giallo and a ghost story.

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The Beauty of Sheer Simplicity in 'Penumbra'

Penumbra is an exceptional horror film about a woman's immense alienation and misplaced expectations.

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Shapeless Horror: 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch'

The night that ancient esoteric ceremonies, insidious mass media, and ghastly bodily transformations are brought together.

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NBC/USA

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Fairy Tales, Giant Insects, Underground Worlds & Unrestrained Science: 'Mimic 3 Film Set'

Because of their grim human shape and scavenging way of life, these insects are reminiscent of the neglected underground dwellers that have been documented to exist under the grand metropolis.


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