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Kicking the map away: "The Blair Witch Project," Deleuze and the aesthetics of horror

Powell, Anna (2002) Kicking the map away: "The Blair Witch Project," Deleuze and the aesthetics of horror. Spectator, 22 (2). pp. 56-68. ISSN 1051-0230

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Abstract

The philosophical and aesthetic concepts of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari offer some solutions to the problematic gaps left by cinepsychoanalysis of horror films. They explore the corporeal "machinic" connections of spectator and text as they meld together in a "molecular assemblage." "The Blair Witch Project" both exhibits the limitations of the more familiar applications of psychoanalytic theory and illustrates the use value of a Deleuzian approach to the genre. The cinematography, mise-en-scène, and dialogue of the movie self-reflexively comment on the technology and the process of filmmaking.

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