Title

Elder Horror: Essays on Film’s Frightening Images of Aging

Author, Researcher, or Creator

Cynthia J. MillerFollow

Affiliation of Author, Researcher, or Creator

Marlboro Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Department

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Author(s)

Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Resource Type

Book

Publication, Publisher or Distributor

McFarland Publishing

Publication Date

1-25-2019

Related Information

https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/elder-horror/

Brief Description

As baby boomers gray, cinematic depictions of aging and the aged are on the rise. In the horror genre, fears of growing old take on fantastic proportions. Elderly characters are portrayed as either eccentric harbingers of doom—the crone who stops at nothing to restore her youth, the ancient ancestor who haunts the living—or as frail victims. This collection of new essays explores how various filmic portrayals of aging, as an inescapable horror destined to overtake us all, reflect our complex attitudes toward growing old, along with its social, psychological and economic consequences.

Keywords

Horror, film, aging, elderly

Preferred Citation Style

Chicago Manual

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