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The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg

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Chapter 8

Genre Editing Styles III

The Horror Film

The horror genre addresses our concern with the weaknesses of the flesh. Human mortality and decay occupy the images in this genre. Interestingly, serious directors in this genre often remain engaged to horror for their entire careers, such as Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and Jack Sholder. These directors have a passionate commitment to the blood and gore that has permeated the modern visions of horror films. More than anything, however, the horror film is devoted to the monster. Whether it is a blockheaded behemoth with bolts in his neck or a transient sporting razors on his hands, the horror genre asks us to look at our own monsters by manifesting them on screen in the guise of ...

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