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Laughing at the Horror: Horror Films and the ‘Failed Carnival’

Carnival laughter is a significant feature of American horror films from the late 1970s onward which is often overlooked. In this paper I address this critical gap by developing the concept of ‘failed carnival’. The failed carnival takes elements from Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of festive laughter and Linda Hutcheon’s theories on parody, elaborating them through …

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‘Who doesn’t enjoy a good scare’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018).

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018), an adaptation of the long running Sabrina comic book series by Archie Comics, uses tropes and motifs of both the Gothic and Fantasy to create a liberal gaze at numerous points within season one. The liberal audience watches as the conservative villains are often and repeatedly subjected to minor horrors …

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Demonizing the ‘Abnormal’Body: Conjoined Twins as ‘Obsessive Avengers’ in East Asian Horror

Depictions of individuals with disabilities or genetic abnormalities in horror have often been problematic, focusing on the ‘otherness’ of the physically anomalous as villainous, murderous, and psychotically unstable. While a growing body of scholarly work is examining disability in the horror film, little attention has been paid thus far to depictions in cinema from East …