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Haunted Homes
by Dahlia Schweitzer
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-9788-0773-0 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0775-4 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-0774-7
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.H367S39 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43675

Haunted Homes is a short but groundbreaking study of homes in horror film and television. While haunted houses can be fun and thrilling, Hollywood horror tends to focus on haunted homes, places where the suburban American dream of safety and comfort has turned into a nightmare. From classic movies like The Old Dark House to contemporary works like Hereditary and the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, Dahlia Schweitzer explores why haunted homes have become a prime stage for dramatizing anxieties about family, gender, race, and economic collapse. She traces how the haunted home film was intertwined with the expansion of American suburbia, but also explores works like The Witch and The Babadook, which transport the genre to different times and places. This lively and readable study reveals how and why an increasing number of films imagine that home is where the horror is.

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