People / Graduate Students
Fear, horror cinema, film and philosophy, aesthetics, film and neuroscience, early film theory
Eliot Bessette is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. His dissertation examines the philosophical relationship of fear and thought elicited by horror films and walkthrough haunted house attractions, or "haunts." He received an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and an AB in Cinema and Media Studies and English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He is also, occasionally, a poet, and some of the nation's best literary magazines--such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and Black Warrior Review--have rejected his work.