LIT TERMS:   atmosphere, formulaic, suspension of disbelief, ambiguity, human/inhumane, Danse Macabre, desensitization, alien, adrenaline rush, supernatural, Inquisition,  phobia, climax, suspense, immersion, catharsis, mystery, voyeurism, sadism, masochism,

ARCHETYPES:  foolish crone, virginal maiden,  Ritual Cleansing, Chthulhu & End of Days,

Lit theory most relevant:  psychoanalytic (Freudian) altho case can be made for Sociohistoric (context of the time: McCarthy Commie Scare = witchhunting in Hollywood;  Victorian Era (age of female consent raised from 12 to 16!) =child abuse)

Media Examples: Sweet Home, 3D Monster Maze, Haunted House Sad Satan, Outlast, Amnesia, Eve, Slenderman; The Thing, Puppetmaster, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Them, all Hitchcock films,

macabre (adj.) Look up macabre at Dictionary.com
early 15c., originally in reference to a kind of morality show or allegorical representation of death and his victims, from Old French (danse) Macabré "(dance) of Death" (1376), of uncertain origin, probably a translation of Medieval Latin (Chorea) Machabæorum, literally "dance of the Maccabees" (leaders of the Jewish revolt against Syro-Hellenes; see Maccabees). The association with the dance of death seems to be from vivid descriptions of the martyrdom of the Maccabees in the Apocryphal books. The abstracted sense of "gruesome" is first attested 1842 in French, 1889 in English.
The typical form which the allegory takes is that of a series of pictures, sculptured or painted, in which Death appears, either as a dancing skeleton or as a shrunken corpse wrapped in grave-clothes to persons representing every age and condition of life, and leads them all in a dance to the grave. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 11th ed., 1911]

Transi Tomb (medieval)--perhaps the worst part of all about being human is that we die--we do not know when or how but we fear that most of all.  And media delights in showing us the multitude of ways that can happen. . . the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out...gee, worms are like snakes, like tentacles..........AAAIIIEEEEOOOOOOOOOOO!




http://moe.highline.edu:2158/docview/1640880501?accountid=1327    Proquest--go thru HC Library



Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? 160 Years Later  (concentrate on pp 360-362 & see the academic viewpts. clash!  Caster addition).

Canham, Stephen. Marvels & Tales24.2 (2010): 360-363,368.  PROQUEST (you must go thru HC Library page to get this one)

"Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next one to die.
They wrap you up in big white sheets
and cover you from head to feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your sides.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You'll spread it on a slice of bread,
And that'ss what you eat when you are dead."[4]      (Alvin Schwarz)