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Titles of Interest: To See the Saw Movies

Title of interest – To See the Saw Movies: Essays on Torture Porn and Post-9/11 Horror, edited by James Aston and John Walliss (McFarland, 2013). The Saw films, often derided by critics as “torture porn” and an excuse to show blood and gore, are the highest-grossing horror series in cinema history. In view of their […]

Kevin Wetmore Interview: Post-9/11 Horror

Kevin Wetmore returns to TheoFantastique to discuss his new book Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum, 2012). Wetmore is an associate professor of theatre at Loyola Marymount University, the author and/or editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on […]

Wetmore on Romero Zombies as Markers of Their Times

Zombies are more than the monsters of the moment. While their popularity is at an all time high in popular culture, they have been with us decades, and their meaning changes as our cultural fears evolve. In the following interview, Kevin Wetmore discusses his exploration of the shifting meanings related to Romero’s zombies that he […]

Kevin Wetmore on Dawn of the Dead (2004) and the Zombie Terrorist

I am currently finishing up Kevin Wetmore’s fine volume, Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of Their Time (McFarland and Company, 2011) with an eye toward an interview in the near future. This morning I read the chapter that discussed the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Wetmore […]

io9: How 9/11 Changed Science Fiction

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days, and with the remembrance of that tragedy it is helpful to remember how the impact of that event on the national psyche influenced a number of areas, including pop culture. One area is cinema, particularly genre films like science fiction and horror. io9 […]

SAW: Cultural Registers for Post-9/11 Anxiety?

In 2004 my brother encouraged me to watch a horror movie that had come out which he thought I would enjoy. He was referring to Saw, but given the trailers I had seen for the film I wasn’t interested. It seemed like it was going to be just the latest in the trend in horror […]

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