Dark Homecomings: Lacan and Horror Fictions

  • Mikita Brottman


In England, in 1983, the Daily Mail newspaper ran a vociferous campaign against what it identified as a sudden new plague—a heavy increase in the manufacture and popularity of explicit uncensored horror videos, or “video nasties,” which apparently occurred alongside the new market for home VCR players. These new “video nasties,” according to the Daily Mail, “are not spine-chillers in the tradition of Conan Doyle or Edgar Allan Poe. They are soul-spoilers that deaden decency and encourage depravity.” The newspaper made the claim that these “video nasties,” quite unlike other horror films available for the home VCR market, were “utterly foul, and unbelievably evil.”


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