To Die For: The American Horror Film from 1968 to 1978

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

The American Horror Film

Spring 2021

Taught By: John Freitas

Section: A

CRN: 7280

Credits: 3

The American Horror film, conceived in Gothic Romance, informed by German Expressionism, and nurtured by blood, capitalism and Freud, attempts (at it’s best) to incarnate and process the individual’s struggle with morality, religion and society in an eternal need to define one’s self and one’s societal role. American horror films, always aggressively reflective of America’s buried subconscious, with it’s deep roots in Puritanism, were brought to a tumultuous head in the late sixties and seventies as the horror cinema began to process and explore the political, sexual, and social revolutions of the time. This course will primarily center on three components of the American psyche: family, hearth and home, with a specific focus on the roles of women and children as these films violently create, defend, question, reflect and subvert what these constructs mean. In a comprehensive and comparative analysis the course will explore from both a conservative and progressive perspective the complex themes of moral and societal upheaval found in the catharsis of bloody chaos. The course will screen films by such diverse masters of American cinematic horror as: Wes Craven, Bob Clark, Brian DePalma, William Friedkin, Tobe Hooper, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and George Romero.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021