Max Bledstein interviews Adam Lowenstein about his new book Horror Film and Otherness (Columbia University Press, 2022), which examines the treatment of social difference in horror. Through detailed and thoughtful close reading of films by directors including Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Stephanie Rothman, Jennifer Kent, Marina de Van, and Jordan Peele, Lowenstein provides a compelling account of how horror depicts identity. Lowenstein and Bledstein discuss the genre’s complexities, some of its many critics, and its enduring (but evolving) significance.
Click here for Adam Lowenstein’s article “The Jewish Cronenberg: a cinema of therapeutic disintegration” in issue 15.2 of New Review of Film and Television Studies, part of a special dossier on David Cronenberg edited by Lowenstein and Adam Charles Hart.
Stay tuned for issue 22.3 of New Review of Film and Television Studies, “Horror Studies Now,” which will be guest edited by Max Bledstein.