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Apocalyptic Dread: American Film at the Turn of the by Kirsten Moana Thompson

By Kirsten Moana Thompson

The ability and presence of dread in fresh American cinema.

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6 Upstanding Sam Bowden in the original, Peck now plays Cady’s ingratiating and pompous Southern lawyer, Lee Heller; Mitchum, the original Max Cady, is now a genial yet dodgy detective, only just this side of the law,7 and Martin Balsam moves from being a police chief to being a sanctimonious Southern judge who quotes Booker T. Washington. The sexual violence hinted at in the purring physicality of Robert Mitchum becomes baroque in the sexual sadism of Robert De Niro’s Max Cady, whose intense performance style and 34 Apocalyptic Dread violent psychotic roles in Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976) offered additional menace to his star persona.

Cady has a prior relationship with the father and lawyer, Samuel Bowden, who either as witness or negligent defense attorney in the respective film adaptations is responsible for Cady’s imprisonment. Upon his release from jail Cady is determined to take his revenge on Bowden’s family. Cady stalks, harasses, and threatens the family, and in both screen versions presents a particular sexual threat to the Bowden daughter. The story climaxes with a final battle between Cady and the family, which in two of the versions ends in Cady’s death.

Lee Thompson’s 1962 classic Cape Fear and Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake, chapter 2, “Cape Fear and Trembling: Familial Dread,” considers the ways in which these films were a dialogue with their different cultural and historical production contexts. It understands the second film as the monstrous return of the repressed desires, fears, and violence in the family, whose threat was contained in the original. Both films deal with historical memory and sexual dread that, in displaced form, become mediated and embodied in the figure of Max Cady, a predator who vows revenge against the Bowden family.

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