If You Don't Scream You'll Laugh

What:
Panel
When:
Sunday Mar 27   11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour)
Where:
Deansgate 2
Tags:
CinemaWelcoming the Unwelcome
Discussion:
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Sometimes it's hard to tell whether you're watching a horrific comedy or a comedic horror. Some works, such as Scream or Shaun of the Dead, exploit our urge to laugh at the macabre; others may aim for shock but end up in camp; a few, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, manage to evoke both responses at will. Why does the line between horror and humour seem to be so thin? What does it say about our psychology that we react this way? And is the tension between fear and laughter easier to exploit in cinema than on the page?

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