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Current Graduate Students

Eliot Bessette


Fear, horror films, haunts, boxing films, aesthetics, film and philosophy

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Eliot Bessette is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. His dissertation examines the philosophical relationship of fear and thought elicited by horror films and theatrical haunted house attractions, or “haunts.” He is also a staff writer for, where he contributes reviews and analyses of 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.


“How to View 13 Ghosts” in the 2018 anthology ReFocus: The Films of William Castle, published by Edinburgh University Press