Psychos, Zombies, and American Culture
Psycho (1960) and Night of the Living Dead (1968) both suggest fears and anxieties derived from American culture at the time of their release. They also each provide complicated structures of identification. Choose one of these films and answer the following:
- Who do we identify with in the film? Does this change over the course of the film? How does this affect our experience of horror? [Make at least one direct reference to the reading: A Companion To the Horror Film Chapter 1]
- What does the film suggest about American cultural anxieties at the time of its release? How does character identification (question 1) contribute to or reflect these fears?
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