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Cape Fear

Rob Daniel


Can a film made in one genre be better understood by viewing it as another? This book investigates this question in relation to Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of Cape Fear. Scorsese approached the film as a thriller, but Cape Fear is thematically and formally more coherent when viewed as a horror film. Across an introduction and five chapters, this book explores why this is the case. How Scorsese’s Catholicism and passion for horror has informed artistic decisions throughout his career, and the ways in which it reached an apex when he directed Cape Fear. The ways in which conventions of Gothic ... More

Keywords: Cape Fear, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Wesley Strick, Film Theory, Horror cinema, Sexual politics, Misogyny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781800857018
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800857018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Daniel, author