A brief note: This is my theory/genre list. It was a lot of fun building it from scratch. Basically, I wanted it to cover horror films that deal with the anxieties and fears present within the current neoliberal era. While I do include some films from the 1960’s and early 70’s (there are certain movies like Psycho that demand placement on a horror film list), I tried to focus mainly on the late 1970’s to today. I’ve included both my chronological version of the list and the thematic version below. The themes I’ve chosen to focus on include: ecogothic/ecohorror, biopolitics (and serial killers, zombies, and evil corporations/governments), posthumanism and transhumanism, technohorror and surveillance, and the neoliberal family/home. Once again, texts may be deleted from the list as I work through it.

I will link each text to its corresponding blog post as I continue to blog my exam notes!

 

Theory

 

Robin Wood

“An Introduction to the American Horror Film” (1979)

 

Julie Kristeva

From Powers of Horror (1982)“Approaching Abjection,” “Something to be Scared of”

 

Noel Carroll

The Philosophy of Horror (1990)

 

Frederic Jameson

Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991)

 

Carol Clover

From Men, Women, and Chainsaws (1992):  “Introduction,” “Her Body Himself”

 

Michel Foucault

Society Must Be Defended (1992): “Chapter 11”

 

Barbara Creed

The Monstrous-Feminine (1993): “Part I: Faces of the Monstrous-Feminine”

 

John Belton

From American Cinema/American Culture (1994): “Horror and Science Fiction.”

 

Jack Halberstam

From Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995)“Parasites and Perverts: An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosity,” “Bodies that Splatter: Queers and Chain Saws,” “Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs,” and “Conclusion: Serial Killing”

 

Nicola Nixon

“Making Monsters, or Serializing Killers.”  American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative.  Ed. Robert Martin and Eric Savoy.  University of Iowa Press, 1998. 217-36.

 

N. Katherine Hayles

How We Became Posthuman (1999)

 

Achilles Mbembe

“Necropolitics.” Translated by Libby Meintjes. Public Culture 15.1 (2003): 11-40.

 

Sara Ahmed

From The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004): “Introduction,” “The Contingency of Pain,” “The Organization of Hate,” and “The Affective Politics of Fear”

 

Henry A. Giroux

The Terror of Neoliberalism (2004)

 

Toby Miller

A Companion to Film Theory (2004)

 

David Harvey

A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005)

 

Sianne Ngai

From Ugly Feelings (2005): “Introduction,” “Anxiety,” “Paranoia,” and “Stuplimity” “Moody Subjects/Projectile Objects: Anxiety and Intellectual Displacement in Hitchcock, Heidegger, and Melville”

 

Judith Butler

From Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (2004): “Preface,” “Violence, Mourning, Politics,” and “Precarious Life.”

From Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? (2009): “Introduction: Precarious Life, Grievable Life,” “Survivability, Vulnerability, Affect,” and “Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag”

 

David Lyon

Surveillance Studies: An Overview (2007)

 

Rosi Branidotti

“Bio-Power and Necro-Politics: Reflections on an Ethics of Sustainability.” Springer 2 (2007): n.p.

 

Estok, Simon C.

Theorizing in a Space of Ambivalent Openness: Ecocriticism and Ecophobia.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 16, Issue 2, 1 March 2009, Pages 203–225.

 

Michel Feher

“Self-Appreciation; or, The Aspirations of Human Capital.” Public Culture 1 January 2009; 21 (1): 21–41.

 

Steven Shaviro

Post-Cinematic Affect (2009)

 

Jordan Lavender-Smith

Irony Inc.: Parodic-Doc Horror andThe Blair Witch Project.” Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies, Issue 15. 2009.

 

Ron Wagler

“Foucault, the Consumer Culture and Environmental Degradation.” Ethics, Place, and Environment. 12.3 (October 2009): 331-336.

 

Stacy Alaimo

Bodily Natures (2010)

 

Johanna Oksala

“Violence and the Biopolitics of Modernity.” Foucault Studies 10 (2010): 23-43.

 

Lauren Berlant

From Cruel Optimism (2011): “Introduction,” “Cruel Optimism,” and  “Slow Death”

 

David McNally 

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism (2011)

 

Rob Nixon 

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011)

 

Jonathan Crary

24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2013)

 

Jane Elliot

Suffering AgencyImagining Neoliberal Personhood in North America and BritainSocial Text 1 June 2013; 31 (2 (115)): 83–101.

 

Barry Keith Grant

“Rich and Strange: The Yuppie Horror Film.”  Journal of Film and Video, vol. 48, no. 1/2, 1996, pp. 4-16.

“Digital anxiety and the new verité horror and sf film.” Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 6 no. 2, 2013, pp. 153-175. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/510738.

 

Bernice M. Murphy

Selections from The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture (2013): “Introduction: We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet,”  “Backwoods Nightmares: The Rural Poor as Monstrous Other,” and “’Why Wouldn’t the Wilderness Fight Us?’ American Eco-Horror and the Apocalypse”

 

Edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith

Ecogothic (2013): “Introduction”

 

Selections from The Transhumanist Reader (2013):

Andy Clark, “Re-Inventing Ourselves: The Plasticity of Embodiment, Sensing, and Mind”

Randal A Koene, “Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds”

Andy Miah, “Justifying Human Enhancement: The Accumulation of Biocultural Capital”

Patrick D. Hopkins, “Is Enhancement Worthy of Being a Right?”

 

Niels van Doorn

“The Neoliberal Subject of Value: Measuring Human Capital in Information Economies.” Cultural Politics, vol. 10 no. 3, 2014, pp. 354-375. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/565184.

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes

from Digital Horror (2015): “Introduction: Horror in the Digital Age,” “Part One: Haunted Technologies and Network Panic”

 

Wendy Brown 

Undoing the Demos (2015)

 

Simone Browne

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015)

 

Richard Grusin

 From The Nonhuman Turn (2015): “Introduction”

 

Jessica Hurley

“History Is What Bites.” Extrapolation 56.3 (2015): 311–333. Web.

 

Imre Szeman

“Entrepreneurship as the New Common Sense.” South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) 114 (3): 471-490.

 

Annie McClanahan

Dead Pledges (2016): “Houses of Horror.”

 

Timothy Morton

Dark Ecology (2016)

 

Ned Rossiter

from Software, Infrastructure, Labor (2016):Introduction,” and “Into the Cloud”

 

David Schmid

“The Limits of Zombies: Monsters for a Neoliberal Age.” Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2016

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Neoliberal Gothic (2017): “Introduction”

 

Melinda Cooper

Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (2017)

 

Anna Tsing

Selections from The Mushroom at the End of the World (2017)

 

 

Film

Peeping Tom (1960)

Psycho (1960)

The Birds (1963)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Deliverance (1972)

The Last House on the Left (1972)

The Crazies (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Jaws (1975)

Carrie (1976)

The Omen (1976)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Piranha (1978)

Alien (1979)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Fog (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Maniac (1980)

Motel Hell (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Evil Dead (1981)

Scanners (1981)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

The Thing (1982)

Videodrome (1983)

The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

The Stuff (1985)

Aliens (1986)

Chopping Mall (1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986)

Evil Dead II (1987)

Predator (1987)

They Live (1988)

IT (1990)

Gremlins II: The New Batch (1990)

Tremors (1990)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Candyman (1992)

Scream (1996)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

American Psycho (2000)

Session 9 (2001)

28 Days Later (2002)

Cabin Fever (2002)

The Ring (2002)

Saw (2004)

The Descent (2005)

Hostel (2005)

Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006)

The Last Winter (2006)

Funny Games (2007)

The Mist (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Zodiac (2007)

Cloverfield (2008)

The Happening (2008)

The Ruins (2008)

Splinter (2008)

The Strangers (2008)

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

You’re Next (2011)

The Bay (2012)

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

The Sacrament (2013)

World War Z (2013)

The Purge film series (2013-18):

Creep (2014)

Ex Machina (2014)

It Follows (2014)

Unfriended (2014)

The Witch (2015)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

The Belko Experiment (2016)

The Break-In (2016)

The Conjuring II (2016)

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Get Out (2017)

Slumber (2017)

Annihilation (2018)

 

Television

Dexter (2006-13):

Seasons 1 + 4

 

Black Mirror (2011-present):

Men Against Fire, Be Right Back, Hated in the Nation, The National Anthem, The Entire History of You, Nosedive, Playtest, Shut Up and Dance, USS Callister

 

PROSE

Jim Cobb

Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary (2012)

 

 

Thematic Version

This is the thematic version of my list. It is VERY MUCH a rough draft, but it should let you get a better idea of how I’m organizing all of my texts.

EcoHorror
Theory

Estok, Simon C.

“Theorizing in a Space of Ambivalent Openness: Ecocriticism and Ecophobia.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 16, Issue 2, 1 March 2009, Pages 203–225.

 

Ron Wagler

“Foucault, the Consumer Culture and Environmental Degradation.” Ethics, Place, and Environment. 12.3 (October 2009): 331-336.

 

Stacy Alaimo

Bodily Natures (2010)

 

Rob Nixon 

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011)

 

Berenice M. Murphy

Selections from The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture (2013): “Introduction: We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet,”  “Backwoods Nightmares: The Rural Poor as Monstrous Other,” and “’Why Wouldn’t the Wilderness Fight Us?’ American Eco-Horror and the Apocalypse”

 

Edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith

Ecogothic (2013): “Introduction”

 

Richard Grusin

 From The Nonhuman Turn (2015): “Introduction”

 

Timothy Morton

Dark Ecology (2016)

 

Anna Tsing

Selections from The Mushroom at the End of the World (2017)

 

Films

The Birds (1963), Deliverance (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Jaws (1975), Piranha (1978), Alien (1979), The Fog (1980), Friday the 13th (1980), Motel Hell (1980), The Shining (1980), Evil Dead (1981), The Thing (1982), Evil Dead II (1987), Predator (1987), IT (1990), Tremors (1990), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cabin Fever (2002), The Descent (2005), The Last Winter (2006), The Mist (2007), The Happening (2008), The Ruins (2008), Splinter (2008), The Bay (2012), Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Sacrament (2013), Creep (2014), The Witch (2015), Annihilation (2018)

 

 

Biopolitics, Serial Killers, and Zombies
Theory

Frederic Jameson

Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991)

 

Michel Foucault

Society Must Be Defended (1992): “Chapter 11”

 

Nicola Nixon

“Making Monsters, or Serializing Killers.”  American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative.  Ed. Robert Martin and Eric Savoy.  University of Iowa Press, 1998. 217-36.

 

Achilles Mbembe

“Necropolitics.” Translated by Libby Meintjes. Public Culture 15.1 (2003): 11-40.

 

Henry A. Giroux

The Terror of Neoliberalism (2004)

 

David Harvey

A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005)

 

Rosi Branidotti

“Bio-Power and Necro-Politics: Reflections on an Ethics of Sustainability.” Springer 2 (2007): n.p.

 

Michel Feher

“Self-Appreciation; or, The Aspirations of Human Capital.” Public Culture 1 January 2009; 21 (1): 21–41.

 

Johanna Oksala

“Violence and the Biopolitics of Modernity.” Foucault Studies 10 (2010): 23-43.

 

David McNally 

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism (2011)

 

Jane Elliot

Suffering AgencyImagining Neoliberal Personhood in North America and BritainSocial Text 1 June 2013; 31 (2 (115)): 83–101.

 

Barry Keith Grant

“Rich and Strange: The Yuppie Horror Film.”  Journal of Film and Video, vol. 48, no. 1/2, 1996, pp. 4-16.

 

Niels van Doorn

“The Neoliberal Subject of Value: Measuring Human Capital in Information Economies.” Cultural Politics, vol. 10 no. 3, 2014, pp. 354-375. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/565184.

 

Wendy Brown 

Undoing the Demos (2015)

 

Jessica Hurley

“History Is What Bites.” Extrapolation 56.3 (2015): 311–333. Web.

 

Imre Szeman

“Entrepreneurship as the New Common Sense.” South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) 114 (3): 471-490.

 

David Schmid

“The Limits of Zombies: Monsters for a Neoliberal Age.” Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2016

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Neoliberal Gothic (2017): “Introduction”

 

Films

Psycho (1960), Peeping Tom (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Crazies (1973), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), Maniac (1980), Motel Hell (1980), The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Terminator (1984), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992), Scream (1996), American Psycho (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Saw (2004), Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006), Zodiac (2007), World War Z (2013), Creep (2014)

TV

 

Dexter (2006-13):

Seasons 1 + 4

 

Black Mirror (2011-present):

Men Against Fire

 

 

Biopolitics and Evil Corporations/Governments
Theory

Frederic Jameson

Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991)

 

Michel Foucault

Society Must Be Defended (1992): “Chapter 11”

 

Achilles Mbembe

“Necropolitics.” Translated by Libby Meintjes. Public Culture 15.1 (2003): 11-40.

 

Henry A. Giroux

The Terror of Neoliberalism (2004)

 

David Harvey

A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005)

 

Rosi Branidotti

“Bio-Power and Necro-Politics: Reflections on an Ethics of Sustainability.” Springer 2 (2007): n.p.

 

Michel Feher

“Self-Appreciation; or, The Aspirations of Human Capital.” Public Culture 1 January 2009; 21 (1): 21–41.

 

Johanna Oksala

“Violence and the Biopolitics of Modernity.” Foucault Studies 10 (2010): 23-43.

 

Niels van Doorn

“The Neoliberal Subject of Value: Measuring Human Capital in Information Economies.” Cultural Politics, vol. 10 no. 3, 2014, pp. 354-375. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/565184.

 

Wendy Brown 

Undoing the Demos (2015)

 

Imre Szeman

“Entrepreneurship as the New Common Sense.” South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) 114 (3): 471-490.

 

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Neoliberal Gothic (2017): “Introduction”

 

Films

The Crazies (1973), Scanners (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Poltergeist (1982), The Stuff (1985), Aliens (1986), Chopping Mall (1986), They Live (1988), Gremlins II: The New Batch (1990), Candyman (1992), Session 9 (2001), Hostel (2005), The Mist (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009), Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Purge film series (2013-18), The Belko Experiment (2016)

 

 

Posthumans, Transhumans
Theory

Jack Halberstam

From Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995) “Bodies that Splatter: Queers and Chain Saws,” “Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs” 

 

N. Katherine Hayles

How We Became Posthuman (1999)

 

Selections from The Transhumanist Reader (2013):

Andy Clark, “Re-Inventing Ourselves: The Plasticity of Embodiment, Sensing, and Mind”

Randal A Koene, “Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds”

Andy Miah, “Justifying Human Enhancement: The Accumulation of Biocultural Capital”

Patrick D. Hopkins, “Is Enhancement Worthy of Being a Right?”

 

Richard Grusin

 From The Nonhuman Turn (2015): “Introduction”

 

Films

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Terminator (1984), Chopping Mall (1986),  Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986), IT (1990), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Ex Machina (2014), It Follows (2014), Unfriended (2014), Get Out (2017)

TV

Black Mirror (2011-present):

Be Right Back, USS Callister

 

TechnoHorror and Surveillance Studies
Theory

David Lyon

Surveillance Studies: An Overview (2007)

 

Jordan Lavender-Smith

Irony Inc.: Parodic-Doc Horror andThe Blair Witch Project.” Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies, Issue 15. 2009.

Barry Keith Grant

“Digital anxiety and the new verité horror and sf film.” Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 6 no. 2, 2013, pp. 153-175. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/510738.

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes

from Digital Horror (2015): “Introduction: Horror in the Digital Age,” “Part One: Haunted Technologies and Network Panic”

 

Simone Browne

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015)

 

Ned Rossiter

from Software, Infrastructure, Labor (2016):Introduction,” and “Into the Cloud”

Films

Peeping Tom (1960), Scanners (1981), Poltergeist (1982), Videodrome (1983), The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Chopping Mall (1986), Predator (1987), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Ring (2002), Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006), Paranormal Activity (2007), Cloverfield (2008), Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Sacrament (2013), Creep (2014), Unfriended (2014),  The Belko Experiment (2016), Get Out (2017)

TV

Black Mirror (2011-present):

Be Right Back, Hated in the Nation, The National Anthem, The Entire History of You, Nosedive, Playtest, Shut Up and Dance

 

The Neoliberal Family: Haunted Houses, Invaded Homes, and Bunkers
Theory

Jonathan Crary

24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2013)

 

Annie McClanahan

Dead Pledges (2016): “Houses of Horror.”

 

Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Neoliberal Gothic (2017): “Introduction”

 

Melinda Cooper

Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (2017)

 

Films

Psycho (1960), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Last House on the Left (1972),The Exorcist (1973), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Carrie (1976), The Omen (1976), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Amityville Horror (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), The Shining (1980), Poltergeist (1982), The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986), Funny Games (2007), Paranormal Activity (2007), The Strangers (2008), You’re Next (2011), The Conjuring (2013), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), The Break-In (2016),The Conjuring II (2016), Don’t Breathe (2016), Slumber (2017)

PROSE

Jim Cobb

Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary (2012)

 

 

Affect, Film, and Horror Theory
Theory

Robin Wood

“An Introduction to the American Horror Film” (1979)

 

Julie Kristeva

From Powers of Horror (1982)“Approaching Abjection,” “Something to be Scared of”

 

Noel Carroll

From The Philosophy of Horror (1990): “Introduction,” “The Definition of Horror,” “Fearing Fictions,” and “The Paradox of Horror”

 

Carol Clover

From Men, Women, and Chainsaws (1992):  “Introduction,” “Her Body Himself,” “The Eye of Horror”

 

Barbara Creed

The Monstrous-Feminine (1993): “Part I: Faces of the Monstrous-Feminine”

 

Jack Halberstam

From Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995)“Parasites and Perverts: An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosity,” “Bodies that Splatter: Queers and Chain Saws,” “Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs,” and “Conclusion: Serial Killing”

 

FILM

 

John Belton

From American Cinema/American Culture (1994): “Horror and Science Fiction.”

 

Toby Miller

A Companion to Film Theory (2004)

 

Steven Shaviro

Post-Cinematic Affect (2010)

 

 

AFFECT

Sara Ahmed

From The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004): “Introduction,” “The Contingency of Pain,” “The Organization of Hate,” and “The Affective Politics of Fear”

 

Sianne Ngai

From Ugly Feelings (2005): “Introduction,” “Anxiety,” “Paranoia,” and “Stuplimity” “Moody Subjects/Projectile Objects: Anxiety and Intellectual Displacement in Hitchcock, Heidegger, and Melville”

 

Judith Butler

From Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (2004): “Preface,” “Violence, Mourning, Politics,” and “Precarious Life.”

From Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? (2009): “Introduction: Precarious Life, Grievable Life,” “Survivability, Vulnerability, Affect,” and “Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag”

 

Stacy Alaimo

Bodily Natures (2010)

 

Lauren Berlant

From Cruel Optimism (2011): “Introduction,” “Cruel Optimism,” and  “Slow Death”

 

 

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