Death is still seen as frightening.
Changes in the Role of the Dead.
- Meet Joe Black- Living helping dead, dead helping living.
- The Sixth Sense- Living helping dead, dead helping living.
- Stir of Echoes- Living helping dead.
- What Dreams May Come- Dead helping dead.
- Ghost- Living helping dead, dead helping living.
- What Lies Beneath- Living helping dead, dead helping living.
Reasoning Behind the New Genre.
Some possible reasons to explain this new trend are:
- Millennium fears.
- The end of the Cold War.
- The aging of society.
Predictions for Post 9-11 Movies.
After the September 11th tragedy, we predict that death in movies will change. We think that there will be:
- More psychics.
- More lost spirits.
- More heroic deaths.
- People dying for others, or for a greater cause.
- A focus on terrorism including suicide bombers.
- Natural, tame deaths.
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