The Children’s Horror Film: Characterizing an “Impossible” Subgenre

  title={The Children’s Horror Film: Characterizing an “Impossible” Subgenre},
  author={C. Edwards Lester},
  journal={The Velvet Light Trap},
  pages={22 - 37}
  • C. Lester
  • Published 18 August 2016
  • Art
  • The Velvet Light Trap
The relationship between children and horror is fraught with tension, with children typically assumed to be vulnerable, impressionable, and in need of protection from horrific media lest they become “corrupted” by it. Despite this, a number of horror films intended specifically for the child demographic have been made since the 1980s. This article situates the children’s horror subgenre in a generic and industrial context and addresses the key issues that its existence raises: the development… 

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