Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema: Sidesplitting Laughter
Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies
Cynthia J. Miller and John A. Dowell (Editors)
Publication, Publisher or Distributor
Lexington Books/ Fortress Academic
In a collection of twelve essays from international authors, editors Cynthia J. Miller and John A. Dowell, create a book that focuses on the moment in audience reception where screams and laughter collide. Beginning with an examination of the aesthetics and mechanics of the sLaughter (scream and laughter) moment, the book then examines the impact of its awkward frission of humor and horror on the individual viewer, and lastly, widens the lens of exploration on sLaughter’s general implications for the human condition. The chapters discuss cinematic works such as A Clockwork Orange (1971), Fargo (1996), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Toxic Avenger (1984), and Dead Snow (2009). This book serves an interest to fans of cult cinema, those working in reception studies, as well as both scholars of humor and horror.