US "Indie-Horror": critical reception, genre construction, and suspect hybridity

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This essay explores the troublesome relationship between horror cinema and American independent cinema, with particular emphasis on the reception of Nadja (Michael Almereyda, 1994) and The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995), ultimately arguing that the continued opposition between "horror" and "art" that exists within a number of film critics' frameworks leads to US "indie-horror" cinema being articulated as a quasi-generic field within which horror tropes are largely absent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
JournalCinema Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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