Sartre about Horror, human existence symbolized or an escape?

Sartre describes in his oeuvre emotional responses that could easily be recognized as horrific reactions, the emotions the horror genre wants to evoke. Our sudden irrational fear of an unexpected face against the window (in Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions), Roquentin’s nauseating experience when the entire world seems to collapse from its determined… Read More Sartre about Horror, human existence symbolized or an escape?

Horror in Modern Dance, Cathedral (2019) and The Missing Door (2013)

Noel Carroll has defined the horror genre, a genre where our normal categories of the world are transgressed. According to him most of the genre entails stories – movies and books – but other art forms can be part of horror as well. Paintings, sculptures, dance.  A monstrous painting or sculpture can be enough to… Read More Horror in Modern Dance, Cathedral (2019) and The Missing Door (2013)

This Magnificent Cake! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau! (2018), or Can you Portray Colonialism in Surreal Fabric?

Last year a new translation of James Baldwin came out in the Netherlands. There was a disagreement between the translator and the publisher. The publisher wanted to use the now politically most correct words black and white in the translation, even though those were not the words James Baldwin used. The translator argued those words… Read More This Magnificent Cake! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau! (2018), or Can you Portray Colonialism in Surreal Fabric?

Vuelven / Tigers are not Afraid (2017), Three Reasons to Love this Movie

Issa López’s Tigers are not afraid is winning prizes on festivals all over the world, Guillermo del Toro liked it, Stephen King liked it and I am a fan too. How to describe the genre? A dark fairy tale, magical realism, fantasy, or maybe – a plot keyword Imdb gave it – Mexican horror? I… Read More Vuelven / Tigers are not Afraid (2017), Three Reasons to Love this Movie