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Death and Dying in Film

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying." -Woody Allen

Recent Changes in the Horror Genre.

Horror movies have changed dramatically over the past few decades. In the late 1980ís, a new horror genre began to emerge. In these films, the role of the dead has shifted along with the role of the living. In movies such as The Sixth Sense, What Dreams May Come, What Lies Beneath and several others, we have been exposed to a new view of death.

Classic horror Films.

There were three major trends in horror films that occurred during the 1950's and continued until the late 1960's.

Social Factors that Influenced the 70's Horror Genre.

Social change from the 50's and 60's influenced horror movies. For example, the civil rights and womenís movement were reflected in movies such as Blacula, Carrie and Sisters.

Transition from Horror Classic/Slasher Films to the New "Casper Genre."

The "Casper Genre" got its name because of the role that the dead play in relation to the living.