Monsters, Demons and Psychopaths: Psychiatry and Horror Film

Fernando Espi Forcen

© 2017 - CRC Press
Published August 19, 2016
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9781498717854 - CAT# K25452

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  • Familiarizes the reader with the way mental illnesses have been represented throughout the genre and history of the horror film genre
  • Demonstrates the impact and importance of mental illness in film using several of the most representative horror films
  • Helps the reader learn psychopathology and psychiatry through examples of different horror films and learn the difference between film archetypes and accurate scientific knowledge about mental illness
  • Avoids sophisticated scientific language in order to make the book easier to read and to reach a wider audience


Descriptions of monsters, vampires, demonic possessions, and psychopaths in horror films have been inspired by psychiatric knowledge about mental illness, leading to several stereotyped models of horror that have prevailed through decades. Some scholars have proposed that horror films can be a teaching tool for psychopathology, but for the most part the genre has been underutilized as a learning tool. This book explores the idea of relating horror films to psychiatric ideas as a way of engaging people in learning.


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