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After tracing relevant psychoanalytic and historical origins of the family horror film Tony Williams traces this theme's development from Frankenstein Hitchcock's influence Satanist movies to the genre's seventies renaissance The book also argues that family horror never vanished from the eighties films but still functions as a motif

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    Tolstoy said all happy families are alike and unhappy families were all unhappy in their own way For Tony Williams all unhappy families are alike and happy families are a lie told by the capitalist patriarchy to keep us from creating a new kind of society and that's what ruined the Bolshevik revolution btw Families in horror movies sounded like a juicy subject Families are endlessly interesting always This is basically what makes the TV show Intervention so addictive On the surface it's formulaic somebody is addicted they do an intervention and they either do or don't go to treatment where they either do or don't succeed What makes each episode uniue is the family dynamics That's the type of thing I was expecting in this book a look at fictional families in horror movies and how they worked But the author doesn't really seem to see families as collections of people he looks at with empathyThere's not too many movies that earn the author's approval especially after the 70s Two movies that get his greatest praise arewait for itthe 80s movie of Flowers in the Attic and Exorcist II The Heretic So obviously he's not always in line with mainstream opinion That itself isn't a problem If somebody can find something great in something I thought was terrible that can actually be great for me The whole point of the analysis is to dive into the movies and find interesting things thereUnfortunately he's not really finding great things in individual movies It's like we hear about the one movie described over and over the movie Williams would like to see where capitalism and the patriarchy are the real villains and the traditionally family is rejected At times I felt like I was reading an analysis of horror movies done by the Marxist peasants from Monty Python and the Holy Grail All movies are compared to this one narrative Things that fit are praised things that don't are dismissed or criticized There is an afterword to the new addition that talks about movies of the last couple of decades that's even OTT in its contempt the Monty Python peasants are replaced by the SNL Jebidiah Atkinson character without the snappy one liners To me this kind of criticism is backwards It starts with an idea and projects it onto the source material instead of looking at the source material for what it's saying in its own contextSo all the analysis didn't leave me much interested in seeking out any of the movies again or for the first time Exorcist II is after all praised for looking forward to a world where the whole genre whithers away because the conservative devil is replaced with the New Age good locusts stuff and I don't want the genre to whither away There were also a number of times where he happened to drop some analysis of a moment or movie that I remembered that didn't seem accurate Anybody can mis hear a uote or remember something wrong of course but there was a number of times I was surprised at something like that To choose one example he casually states that the mother at the end of the movie Cujo is doomed to die because it's too late to give her treatment for rabies I don't remember getting that impression watching the movie and it doesn't fit with how rabies actually works I think he maybe just prefers that ending because it avoids the family staying together Which reminds me he also slips in a really odd imo swipe at Steven Spielberg I mean of course he hates Spielberg But he sneers at the director's infantile epiphanic visions of adult faces beaming childlike wonder It's almost too fitting that he'd seem to be so angry at the idea of adults being capable of that kind of emotion Supernatural plots conservative distractions from the true evil all children are abused and strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government