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Deleuze and Horror Film

Anna Powell


This book analyses the horror film from a Deleuzian perspective, arguing that although dominant psychoanalytic approaches to horror films neglect the aesthetics of horror, such cinematic devices as mise en scène, editing and sound are central to the viewer's visceral fear and arousal. Using Deleuze's work on art and film, it argues that film viewing is a form of ‘altered consciousness’, and the experience of viewing a horror film an ‘embodied event’. The book begins with a critical introduction to the key terms in Deleuzian philosophy and aesthetics, which include: subjectivity/becoming, the b ... More

Keywords: horror film, Deleuze, aesthetics of horror, mise en scène, editing and sound, Deleuzian philosophy, insanity, sensory responses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748617470
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Powell, author