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Digital Horror : Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon
I.B. Tauris

Digital Horror : Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon

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Digital Horror
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In recent years, the ways in which digital technologies have come to shape our experience of the world has been an immensely popular subject in the horror film genre. Contemporary horror cinema reflects and exploits the anxieties of our age in its increasing use of hand-held techniques and in its motifs of surveillance, found footage (fictional films that appear 'real': comprising discovered video recordings left behind by victims/protagonists) and 'digital haunting' (when ghosts inhabit digital technologies). This book offers an exploration of the digital horror film phenomenon, across different national cultures and historic periods, examining the sub-genres of CCTV horror, technological haunting, snuff films, found footage and torture porn. Digital horror, it demonstrates, is a product of the post 9/11 neo-liberal world view - characterised by security paranoia, constant surveillance and social alienation. Digital horror screens its subjects via the transnational technologies of our age, such as the camcorder and CCTV, and records them in secret footage that may, one day, be found.

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“This excellent and cohesive volume makes a timely and much needed intervention into the field of Gothic studies. By combining political awareness with a close attention to the cinematic history and language of the found footage film, this collection manages to articulate the significance of what is all too often a critical maligned form. Thanks to the skillful editing from Blake and Aldana Reyes, the cohesion of the whole collection is assured and the critical exploration of the form deeply compelling.” —Gothic Studies



ISBN:  9781784530259