Inbred Horror Revisited: The Fear of the Rural in Twenty-First Century Horror Films

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Book Chapter - Merrimack Access Only


Gregory M. Fulkerson

Alexander R. Thomas

Publication Title

Reimagining Rural: Urbanormatic Portrayals of Rural Life


Lexington Books

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Abstract/ Summary

In this chapter, I extend my analysis of these widely held misrepresentations of rural life and show how they allow urban or suburban dwellers to distance themselves from these supposedly inbred and grotesque rural others. By closely examining and interrogating this rural cultural bogeyman- and they are almost always men-my goal is to provide a more nuanced understanding of how social representations of the rural have become increasingly skewed and distant from reality while reinforcing urban life as a normal state of affairs.