Kids' Stuff in Contemporary Horror Films

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The latest installment of American Childhoods presents a romp though childhood in horror films just in time for Halloween. In Kids Stuff in Contemporary Horror Films, horror scholar Karen Renner wonders why toys are so often so scary, and suggests the answer may lie in Freud's theory of the uncanny and show a haunted, rather than a cherished, view of childhood and the past.