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Horror in the American Films

Within the horror genre, however, there is the slasher style of film. This style determines much of the content since viewers understand that, in the case of the slasher film, there will be in the movie a serial killer of some type. With the discovery of this monstrous serial killer there will be a high body count, bloody deaths, and only a few (usually one) survivor, usually a teenage girl who's preliminary warnings of danger were ignored by authority figures (Transcansky 68).

As noted before, with Psycho came the advent of the melding of family melodrama with old-fashioned scary monster story and Hellraiser is no different in this regard. Hellraiser, however, has the added slasher element discussed above. Typical of the slasher/horror genre, Hellraiser contains the foreboding house with the horrible attic, representative of the human mind and its awful secrets. Then there is the monstrous "other," represented by both Frank Cotton and the Cenobites. These beings live outside of societal rules, or are outside of the world's accepted view of nature, and have been ostracized because of it. In this instance, Frank Cotton would be what Shipman refers to as one of the "walking dead" or a descendent of the European version of the "gollem" (277). According to Shipman, these "walking dead" may have a human form, but like Frankenstein, the gollem, or any other recreated being, they have no soul, therefore no real human feeling (278). In many cases, they fit into Norden's discussion of the element of the banality of evil as depicted in movies (52). The Cenobites, however, are a direct liaison with evil and the supernatural, and are beyond the human comprehension of natural law. This puts them within the realm of the fantastic and therefore unbelievable and uncontrollable by human standards (Metz 48). The melodramatic element is added as Larry Cotton moves back to his family home in an effort to regain some form of old-fashioned ...

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