Filmgoers may cower, flinch and scream, but horror films increasingly offer “safe space” for processing real-life terrors and fears as well. Aviva Briefel’s new book, Horror after 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror, examines the rise of horror films following the World Trade Center attacks.
“People tend to dismiss horror and terror films as non-conducive to real thinking or scholarship,” says Briefel, “but in fact, a lot of ideas about culture are generated and processed in these mediums.
“There’s often this sense of not knowing the enemy, of not knowing exactly who we should identify with onscreen, or what we should be doing as spectators. I think that is very salient in a post-9/11 world.” Read the story.