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Cinematic emotion in horror films and thrillers : the aesthetic paradox of pleasurable fear

Author: Julian Hanich
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2010.
Series: Routledge advances in film studies, 5.
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"Why can fear be pleasurable? Why do we sometimes enjoy an emotion we otherwise desperately wish to avoid? And why are the movies the predominant place for this paradoxical experience? These are the central questions of Julian Hanich's path-breaking book, in which he takes a detailed look at the various aesthetic strategies of fear as well as the viewer's frightened experience." "By drawing on prototypical scenes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Hanich
ISBN: 9780415871396 0415871395
OCLC Number: 377867308
Description: x, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
How to describe cinematic fear, or why phenomenology? --
Multiplexperiences : individualized immersion and collective feelings --
Frightening fascination : a phenomenology of direct horror --
Intimidating imaginations : a phenomenology of suggested horror --
Startling scares : a phenomenology of cinematic shock --
Anxious anticipations : a phenomenology of cinematic dread --
Apprehensive agitation : a phenomenology of cinematic terror --
Moments of intensity : lived-body metamorphoses and experienced time --
Moments of collectivity : the cinema of fear and feelings of belongingness --
The end.
Series Title: Routledge advances in film studies, 5.
Responsibility: Julian Hanich.
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"Why can fear be pleasurable? Why do we sometimes enjoy an emotion we otherwise desperately wish to avoid? And why are the movies the predominant place for this paradoxical experience? These are the central questions of Julian Hanich's path-breaking book, in which he takes a detailed look at the various aesthetic strategies of fear as well as the viewer's frightened experience." "By drawing on prototypical scenes from horror films and thrillers like Rosemary's Baby, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven and The Blair Witch Project, Hanich identifies five types of fear at the movies and thus provides a much more nuanced classification than previously at hand in film studies. His descriptions of how the five types of fear differ according to their bodily, temporal and social experience inside the auditorium entail a forceful plea for relying more strongly on phenomenology in the study of cinematic emotions. In so doing, this book opens up new ways of dealing with these emotions." "Hanich's study does not stop at the level of fear in the movie theater, however, but puts the strong cinematic emotion against the backdrop of some of the most crucial developments of our modern world: disembodiment, acceleration and the loosening of social bonds. Hanich argues that the strong affective, temporal, and social experiences of frightening movies can be particularly pleasurable precisely because they help to counterbalance these ambivalent changes of modernity."--Jacket.

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