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Post-HorrorArt, Genre and Cultural Elevation$
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David Church

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474475884

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475884.001.0001

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Apprehension Engines: Defining a New Wave of Art-Horror Cinema

Apprehension Engines: Defining a New Wave of Art-Horror Cinema

(p.1) Chapter 1 Apprehension Engines: Defining a New Wave of Art-Horror Cinema

David Church

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the term “post-horror” and positions it as an emergent cycle within the longer traditions of art cinema and specifically art-horror cinema. The chapter argues that post-horror films are distinguished by their minimalist aesthetic, their use of epistemic and narrative ambiguity, and their de-sensationalized approach to genre conventions. Prioritizing atmospheres of lingering dread and physical/emotion isolation instead of monsters and jump scares, these films evince a tonal distance from more mainstream genre expectations. Hence, by crossing over from the arthouse/festival circuit to multiplexes, these films’ capacity to generate strong negative affects which do not easily translate into populist entertainment has engendered both outsized acclaim from high-minded critics and backlash from more casual viewers.

Keywords:   Art cinema, Art-horror, Affect, Tone, Narrative, Genre, Cycle

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