Fearsome monsters
in The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film
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In this chapter we flesh out the political significance of one of the three categories of ‘fear films’: the monster category. The chapter focuses on zombies – that is, monsters who highlight fear films’ characteristic blurring of safety and danger, the familiar and unfamiliar. Because zombies give expression to uncertainties about the stability and worth of the social order, they provide an apposite instance for considering the cultural politics of (in)security and fear.


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