chapter  5
The undead, psychopomps and filicide: The Others
Pages 20

Chapters 3 and 4 explored the capacity of trickster to buoy up fragile and floundering egos. As we saw in Mulholland Drive this survival mechanism isn’t always successful. In the case of Memento, even though the trickster’s success or failure remained open-ended, the film allowed us to understand the archetype as a persistent and resilient energy that pushes us to selfexamination no matter how desperately the ego tries to resist. In this reading of Alejandro Amenábar’s film The Others (2001), I’m going to open up this ‘therapeutic’ aspect of trickster further by exploring its ‘conductor of souls’ or psychopomp function (psyche/soul and pomp/guide).