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Don't Look Now

Jessica Gildersleeve


Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) has been called “a ghost story for adults.” Certainly, in contrast to the more explicitly violent and bloodthirsty horror films of the 1970s, Don't Look Now seems of an entirely different order. Yet this supernaturally inflected tale of a child's accidental drowning, and her parents' desperate simultaneous recoil from her death and pursuit of her ghost, Don't Look Now is horrific at every turn. This book argues for it as a particular kind of horror film, one which depends utterly on the narrative of trauma—on the horror of unknowing, of seeing too late, and ... More

Keywords: Nicolas Roeg, ghost story, horror films, trauma, unknowing, paternal authority, paternal responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325482
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Gildersleeve, author
University of Southern Queensland