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Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348363

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001

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The Wandering Demon: Cruising as a Horror Film

The Wandering Demon: Cruising as a Horror Film

(p.73) The Wandering Demon: Cruising as a Horror Film

Eugenio Ercolani

Marcus Stiglegger

Liverpool University Press

This chapter defines Cruising as a horror film directed in the modus of a cop thriller. When analysed closely it becomes clear that not one but several killers roam the Meatpacking District of New York, and in the end even the protagonist might be infected by the killer virus. Friedkin uses the idea of a wandering demon from The Exorcist to place disturbing uncertainty in his film.

Keywords:   horror film, demon, infection, generic modus, cop film, serial killer

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