Title: The discourse of risk in horror movies post 9/11: hospitality and hostility in perspective

Authors: Maximiliano E. Korstanje; Daniel H. Olsen

Addresses: Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Larrea 1079, 3 Floor, BUE, Argentina. ' Department of Geography, Brandon University, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6A9, Canada

Abstract: Risk perception has been a newer field of research for tourism scholars. The purpose of this paper is to add to this growing literature by examining how some horror movies play upon the discourses of risk, ethnocentrism, hospitality, and radicalised otherness as a part of their plot lines. In doing so, the authors discuss the literature on risk perception, the role of hospitality in risk perception, and the value of visual and content analysis of movies. Then, four horror movies are presented that include a number of discourses inherent in tourism, risk perception, and hospitality research.

Keywords: horror movies; hostility; risk perception; 911; New York; USA; United States; terrorist attacks; terrorism; WTC; World Trade Center; ethnocentrism; radicalised otherness; plot lines; plotting; cinema; films; motion pictures; visual analysis; content analysis; discourses; hospitality research; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Hostel Part II; The Hills Have Eyes; The Strangers; Eastern Europe; Slovakia; American tourists; anthropology; tourist industry; security; natural disasters; disaster tourism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2011.043712

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2011 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.304 - 317

Available online: 14 Nov 2011 *

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