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IAS Book Launch: Little Horrors

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL

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Institute of Advanced Studies Book Launch

Little Horrors: How Cinema's Evil Children Play on Our Guilt by Professor Susanne Kord

Introduced by Dr Cristina Massaccesi

Zombies, werewolves and chainsaw-wielding maniacs are tried-and-true antagonists of horror films. But none can match the visceral dread evoked by a kid with an innocent face and a diabolical stare. Cinema’s evil children attack our cherished ideas of innocence and our innocent bystander status as the audience. A good horror film is a scary ride—a “devil child” movie is a guilt trip.

This book takes an in-depth look at 24 international films—with discussion of another 100—that in effect “indict" viewers for crimes of child abuse and abandonment, greed, social and ecological negligence, political and war crimes, and for persistent denial of responsibility for them all. For 75 years evil children have ritually rebuked audiences and, in playing on our guilt, established a horror subgenre that might be described as a blood-spattered rampage on an ethical mission.

Join us for a presentation by the author, followed by debate, discussion and a wine reception.

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