Sacred Terror Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen

ISBN-10: 1602580189
ISBN-13: 9781602580183
Edition: 2008
Authors: Douglas E. Cowan
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Description: Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 325
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book, Douglas Cowan argues that horror films are opportune vehicles for externalizing the fears that lie inside our religious selves: of evil; of the flesh; of sacred places; of a change in the sacred order; of the supernatural gone out of control; of death, dying badly, or not remaining dead; of fanaticism; and of the power-and the powerlessness-of religion.

Tickets, please : an introduction to sacred terror
Lying at the heart of horror : religion and horror on the silver screen
Angels to some, demons to others : fear of change in the sacred order
No sanctuary : ambivalence and the fear of sacred places
Stalking life : the fear of death and of dying badly
Mainstreaming Satan : fear of supernatural evil internalized and externalized
The unholy human : fear of fanaticism and fear of the flesh
Curtain and house lights : possibility persists in the world outside the frame
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

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