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To Kill A Mockingbird and Horror

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Posted November 16, 2012

“Even if we were to discount the element of Southern small town prejudice and the ugly courtroom trial that occupies the film’s center, this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee is just plain spooky… and it is my feeling that it has bestowed upon us a legacy of horror that we can see echoed in later American tales of terror.” Richard Harland Smith writes a fantastic piece on To Kill A Mockingbird in the context of horror film.

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2 Responses to “To Kill A Mockingbird and Horror”

  1. Less Lee Moore
    November 18th, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    Although I’ve always associated childhood viewings of MOCKINGBIRD with creepy feelings, I don’t think I’ve ever consciously acknowledged it until now. In fact, the horror elements of the film were always what attracted me to it, now that I think about it.

  2. Carol Borden
    November 18th, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    I think I had a similar response without realizing it, and I think that’s part of why I’ve always loved it.

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