Weird Cinema and the Aesthetics of Dread
Hauser provides a much-needed translation of the definition of the weird from H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 treatise Supernatural Horror in Literature to the medium of cinema. He shows how the discussion of weird cinema has previously been hampered by the imprecise use of the term “Lovecraftian” and then explains how filmmakers have used the specific strengths of the cinematic medium to convey the crucial components of the weird: seriousness, the supernatural, and dread. Hauser references several films as examples of weird cinema and focuses particular attention on the aesthetics of dread in two cases: Angel Heart (1987) and It Follows (2014).