Sacred Terror

Sacred Terror

Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen

by Douglas E. Cowan

325 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781481304900
  • Published: April 2016

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Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book, Douglas Cowan argues that horror films are opportune vehicles for externalizing the fears that lie inside our religious selves: of evil; of the flesh; of sacred places; of a change in the sacred order; of the supernatural gone out of control; of death, dying badly, or not remaining dead; of fanaticism; and of the power—and the powerlessness—of religion.