Do horror films shape the way we regard the family unit?

Analyse the depiction of family units in horror films. Discuss the idea that horror films throughout the decades have highlighted moral panics in order to save the sanctity of the traditional family unit. For example, in The Exorcist (1973) a single parent family is attacked, insinuating that the possesion of Regan may not have happened if both parent were present. With this in mind are we subconciously being conditioned to continue the current or prefered sociological trends that surrounf the family unit.

  • Good observation. What would or should the ideal horror film do instead? – Kevin 6 years ago
  • You could argue the same thing in the original film adaptation of Carrie (1976). – RetroDarling 5 years ago

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