Horror Comes Home: Essays on Hauntings, Possessions, and Other Domestic Terrors in Cinema

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Cynthia J. Miller, Emerson CollegeFollow

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Marlboro Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies


Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies


Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper

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McFarland Publishing

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Home, we are taught from childhood, is safe. Home is a refuge that keeps the monsters out—until it isn’t. This collection of new essays focuses on genre horror movies in which the home is central to the narrative, whether as refuge, prison, menace, or supernatural battleground. The contributors explore the shifting role of the home as both a source and a mitigator of the terrors of this world, and the next. Well known films are covered—including Psycho, Get Out, Insidious: The Last Key and Winchester House—along with films produced outside the U.S. by directors such as Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), Hideo Nakata (Ringu) and Guillermo Del Toro (The Orphanage), and often overlooked classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger.


Horror, cinema, home, house, dwelling

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