Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Horror?

Date: 08 Feb 2000

In a message dated 2/8/00 7:42:24 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<< But the goals of horror are completely different from the goals of hardboiled. Hardboiled is grounded in a skeptical, cynical, unsentimental view of the world. Horror is the polar opposite -- romantic, sentimental, emotional. >>

You're talking about gothic horror only. I can't think of any movie less romantic or sentimental than THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, for instance. Cronnenberg, when he's hitting on all cylinders, is very cynical and cerebral. He is horrified with the world, or aspects of it, and wants to pass that horror along to the audience. Horror, as an emotion, comes from a sense of alienation, which is an extreme form of cynicism.

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