> But the mind of a teenager or young adult is more beset by anxiety relating to group dynamics, to the body, to adults whose intentions are unclear, to sex. Especially sex. And this is where horror finds its most fertile ground.
Think of Carrie, a story about ostracism and menstrual anxiety (both themes that also surface in It). Think of It Follows, a film about promiscuity and disease (the afflicted can only free themselves by passing the curse on to another through sexual intercourse). Think Raw, in which a young woman's first experience of sex at university is intimately linked to a ravenous desire for human flesh. Think Alien, in which the very notion of reproduction is bound up with the horror of both penetration and bodily expulsion.