Friday, January 10, 2014

Academic discourse: Advanced studies in American Horror Cinema


So here's the deal: I'm designing an independent study for my master's degree called Advanced Studies in American Horror Cinema. My goal, now, is to choose 15 representative films to watch, critique, discuss, and write about. Criteria for the films are thus: American films (by studio or primary creators) or produced for a primarily American audience from 1968 to the present. Films will be included based on aesthetic value, exploration of social issues, contribution to the genre, and influence on popular culture. It's pretty wide open, in other words. But I need to narrow it down. I spent 10 minutes writing down titles and came up with 40-ish movies. Below is my list ... so far ... (In order that I wrote them down). What I need from you, faithful readers, is your list of 15. Remember, this isn't necessarily the 15 best or your 15 favorite films. If it were, this would be easier-- but still hard. Help me out here, would you?

Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Session 9
Halloween
Halloween III
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part III
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part II
Jaws
The Blair Witch Project
Paranormal Activity
Evil Dead 2
Sinister
Saw (see the grey areas I'm dealing with)
Insidious
The Exorcist
Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Scream
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
An American Werewolf in London
The Shining
Misery
Hostel
Rosemary's Baby
Re-Animator
Cabin in the Woods
Grindhouse
Lords of Salem
of 1000 Corpses
Devil's Rejects
The Thing
In the Mouth of Madness
Poltergeist
Pet Sematary
Candyman
The Ring
The Last Exorcism
Rubber
Candyman
Hellbent
Feast
American Psycho
The Last House on the Left
V/H/S


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