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Post-Horror: Art, Genre and Cultural Elevation

David Church


Horror’s longstanding reputation as a popular but culturally denigrated genre has been challenged by a new wave of films mixing arthouse minimalism with established genre conventions. Variously dubbed “elevated horror” and “post-horror” in popular film criticism, texts such as The Babadook, It Follows, The Witch, It Comes at Night, Get Out, The Invitation, Hereditary, Midsommar, A Ghost Story, and mother! represent an emerging nexus of taste, politics, and style that has often earned outsized acclaim from high-minded critics and populist rejection by wider audiences. Post-Horror is the first f ... More

Keywords: Horror, Art, Genre, Post-horror, Elevated horror, Taste, Film criticism, Affect, Trauma, Gaslighting, Dread

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474475884
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Church, author
Indiana University