Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Department KR: A Section of Briefer Comment |

Rough Beast Slouching: A Note on Horror Movies

"What will you do if the people you knew Were the plastic that melted and the chromium, too?"                     —Frank Zappa One of the minor developments of taste of the last decade has been the accession of the horror film to that kind of demi-monde respectability the academic mind confers also on the detective thriller, the Gothic novel, and Carl Orff For a long time now, collegiate "great film" festivals have been likely to include, besides Intolerance, and The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula or the classic 1933 King Kong, or any of the numerous specimens turned out by Universal Studios before the outbreak of World War II. Critics like Harold Bloom and Susan Sontag have mapped out the uses the adverting mind might make of such productions: Bloom for their socio-psycho-logical import, and Miss Sontag for the naïveté of their "pure form" Carlos Clarens' Illustrated History of the Horror Film is a complete, if

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