Toward a new understanding of two films from the dark side: Utilizing terror management theory to analyze Rosemary's Baby and Straw Dogs

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Abstract

Rosemary's Baby and Straw Dogs are New Hollywood films that explore themes of death and violence. Terror management theory (TMT), a theory of the role of death fear in the human striving for significance, is utilized to clarify various aspects of these films, including their use of death imagery and the motivations of the characters, and to reveal some novel parallels between the films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Popular Film and Television
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Death
  • New Hollywood
  • Psycho-analysis
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Straw Dogs
  • Terror management theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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