An informal assembly of things relating to Horror and the Gothic. Horror and Gothic components reside in many places, as the boundaries dividing one category from another are incredibly porous. This blog meanders through the traces of Horror and the Gothic as found anywhere in Art, Culture, History and Nature.

Enjoy. If you have questions, feel free to ask. Let's have a conversation about the darker things.

21st November 2013

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"Most censors really don’t look at context, because it’s too complex, it’s too open to interpretation, so there are just certain images that are proscribed … . There’s also a … sense of being image police, that if you destroy the image you will destroy the thing itself. Certain images are proscribed – you must not see them – because the images themselves are the actions. That confusion is psychosis. Medically speaking, if you cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality you’re a psychotic. The idea that people will do copycat things, completely spontaneously, they wouldn’t have done anything bad until they saw this movie is a joke. It’s a complete inability to read the complexity of human psychology… . If you’re a filmmaker and you’re dealing with actors and characters the complexity of human psychology is what you work with all the time, and it is very difficult stuff indeed." — David Cronenberg, Forbidden: “David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme”

"Most censors really don’t look at context, because it’s too complex, it’s too open to interpretation, so there are just certain images that are proscribed … . There’s also a … sense of being image police, that if you destroy the image you will destroy the thing itself. Certain images are proscribed – you must not see them – because the images themselves are the actions. That confusion is psychosis. Medically speaking, if you cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality you’re a psychotic. The idea that people will do copycat things, completely spontaneously, they wouldn’t have done anything bad until they saw this movie is a joke. It’s a complete inability to read the complexity of human psychology… . If you’re a filmmaker and you’re dealing with actors and characters the complexity of human psychology is what you work with all the time, and it is very difficult stuff indeed." — David Cronenberg, Forbidden: “David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme”

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