Australian Left Review

Abstract

Dracula is one of those names which give rise to thoughts of yawning graves, ruined castles, creaking .coffins, middle-European accents and the terrified shrieks o f your schoolfriends in the back row of the pictures. Horror movies seemingly operate on the principle that every now and again we find entertainment in being scared out o f our wits, and are prepared to pay for the privilege. The horror genre relies very heavily on classic frighteners like wolf men, vampires and Frankenstein monsters who prey on a vulnerable and hapless community and who are despatched by brave and forthright defenders of law and order. Secure in the knowledge that anti-social deviants have been routed, we can presumably sleep peacefully in our beds, an activity much less likely if we pondered the real anti-social forces in our midst.

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