This foreword comments on the book's close reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), which is a gem of accessible psychoanalytic film theory. What distinguishes it is the author's clarity of engagement and his readiness to acknowledge branching points of view. The author draws upon feminist film theory, but stresses the inclusivity of his interpretations; a shared experience for men and women underpins the horror of The Descent, and the author does not allow his arguments to become encumbered with rhetorical banner-waving. At the same time, since the film quite clearly intends for its female-only casting to be noticed, his engagement with feminist thinking on horror is pertinent and illuminating. Ultimately, this is a concise and engaging book that demonstrates the continued relevance of the horror genre as a means to mitigate and comprehend the underlying pain of existence.
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