chapter  10
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Movies Configure Politics: How Horror, Dystopia, Thriller, and Noir Shape Terrorism (Featuring Fight Club, Spy Game, and Swordfish)

Terror, like panic, might be almost impossible to sustain. It strikes and spikes with virtual simultaneity; it decays nearly as fast. It consumes personal and historical moments that might last beyond minutes and hours to days and weeks, but it rages too hot and ranges too far to leave fuel for durable burns. This, unfortunately, is the good news. The bad news is that terror all too readily recurs; and when it doesn’t, it echoes-in some settings, seemingly without end.