Psychological reflections on cinematic terror: Jungian archetypes in horror films

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Praeger, Jun 30, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 217 pages
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In this examination of the psychology of terror, Iaccino uses Jungian archetypes to analyze significant works in the horror film genre. In the past, Jungian archetypes have been used to interpret mythologies, to examine great works of literature, and to explain why sexual stereotypes persist in our society. Here, for the first time, Iaccino applies such models as the "Cursed Wanderers," the "Warrior Amazons," the "Random Destroyers," and the "Techno-Myths" to highlight recurrent themes in a wide range of films, from early classics such as Nosferatu to the contemporary Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien series. With this innovative approach, Iaccino gains a new perspective on the psychology of the often powerful compulsion to be scared.

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Contents

Description of the Major Archetypes Used
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An Historical Perspective on
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Victims
39
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About the author (1994)

JAMES F. IACCINO is a Professor of Psychology at Illinois Benedictine College.

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