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

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

Edited by: Xavier Aldana Reyes, Linnie Blake

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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.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 
 1. Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes, ‘Horror in the Digital Age’

PART I: HAUNTED TECHNOLOGIES AND NETWORK PANIC 
2. Steffen Hantke, ‘Network Anxiety: Prefiguring Digital Anxieties in the American Horror Film’
3. Steve Jones, ‘Torture Pornopticon: (In)security Cameras, Self-Governance and Autonomy’
4. Steen Christiansen, ‘Uncanny Cameras and Network Subjects’
5. Neal Kirk, ‘Networked Spectrality: In Memorium, Pulse and Beyond’
 
PART II: DIGITAL HORROR AND THE POST/NATIONAL
6. Linnie Blake and Mary Ainslie, ‘Digital Witnessing and Trauma Testimony in Ghost Game: Cambodian Genocide, Digital Horror and the Nationalism of New Thai Cinema’
7. Dejan Ognjanović, ‘“Welcome to the Reality Studio”: Serbian Hand-Held Horrors’
8. Zeynep Sahinturk, ‘Djinn in the Machine: Technology and Islam in Turkish Horror Film’
9. Mark Freeman, ‘An Uploadable Cinema: Digital Horror and the Postnational Image’
 
PART III: DIGITAL STYLISTICS
10. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, ‘Night Vision in the Contemporary Horror Film’
11. James Aston, ‘Nightmares outside the Mainstream: August Underground and Reel/Real Horror’
12. Xavier Aldana Reyes, ‘The [•REC] Films: Affective Possibilities and Stylistic Limitations of Found Footage Horror’

Author Info

Xavier Aldana Reyes is Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. Linnie Blake is Director of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, University of Manchester.

Review

'Unflinching, diverse and incisive, Digital Horror is an essential collection not only in the field of horror studies, but also in its critical exploration of the dark side of technology.'
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University and author of Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality

'Found footage has become one of contemporary horror cinema’s signature formats and is associated with some of the most striking and disturbing horror films of recent years.  Digital Horror digs deep into this phenomenon.  It makes strong claims for the political significance of found footage horror as well as engaging with its aesthetic innovations.  Insightful and challenging throughout, this is a valuable addition to the ever-growing literature on the horror genre.'
Professor Peter Hutchings, Northumbria University

'If your life is defined by the size of your social network, then this book is for you.  Digital Horror shows us precisely what’s at stake in the underside of our connectivity, and continually haunts us with the question, ‘what are you watching?’.'
Professor Steven Bruhm, Western University, Canada

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of the Moving Image

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784530259
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2015
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156

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