Screaming, Slashing, Sequelling: What the Sequel Did to the Horror Movie

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

in Film Sequels

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780748626038
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670895 | DOI:
Screaming, Slashing, Sequelling: What the Sequel Did to the Horror Movie

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This chapter explores the ways in which the sequel operates in conjunction with genre to facilitate discourse, institutional practices and spectatorial engagement. It specifically addresses the sequel that appears to be a primary mechanism of stabilisation as it consistently renegotiates generic meanings and values across periods of time. The link between the horror genre and the sequel is triangulated by their connection to cinema's ontological investments in representation and reality. Scream's circularity of exchanges between art and reality is provided as a form of sequelisation. The spectator of the genre film covers the co-existence of repetition and variation as well as the necessity of these as vital parts of the spectatorial experience by engaging, first and foremost, with the re-connective, interactive and remembering activities that underline the sequel.

Keywords: sequel; Scream; horror genre; cinema; representation; reality; sequelisation

Chapter.  9529 words. 

Subjects: Film

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