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The American horror film : an introduction /
Reynold Humphries.
imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2002.
description
216 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0748614168 (PBK.)
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imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2002.
isbn
0748614168 (PBK.)
catalogue key
4774371
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Humphries' chapter in Part II on Slashers, Serial Killers and the 'Final Girl' is invaluable as an introduction to horror. It not only presents the author's major themes in a concise manner, it illustrates point of view as an integral part of a film's meaning. Other discussions that seem particularly rewarding are those on Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and on Cronenberg's films. Humphries encourages readers to delve further into issues important to horror by providing a useful filmography and bibliography. The author's passion and respect for the horror film contributes to the energy and force of this study … Humphries' extensive knowledge of the horror film and his fleeting allusions to hybrid genres, whets one's appetite for a slightly longer discussion of the subject, especially in light of the current emphasis on border crossings […] by including a discussion of contemporary genre mixing in the concluding chapter, he might help readers to explore more fully whether there is anything beyond Shayamalan's Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense to enlighten an otherwise dimming screen.
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Summaries
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This overview of the popular genre of American horror films moves from 'Dracula' in 1931 to contemporary films such as 'Scream', made in 1998. Various recurring characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, and the Werewolf are discussed.
Description for Reader
The American Horror Film is the first overview of this popular genre. It moves from Dracula in 1931 to contemporary films such as Scream and The Sixth Sense . The various characters that recur in horror films - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf - are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological 'monsters', the living dead, and 'slasher' movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered. The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. An extensive Filmography is included and reference is made at the appropriate point to the most pertinent writing on horror. Overall, this is an ideal introduction to the area for all students and general readers interested in the American horror film. Key Features Includes 10 film stills Covers major films such as King Kong , Little Shop of Horrors , Psycho , The Exorcist , The Omen and I Know What You Did Last Summer Only up-to-date textbook on the subject
Main Description
The American Horror Film is the first overview of this popular genre. It moves from Dracula in 1931 to contemporary films such as Scream and The Sixth Sense. The various characters that recur in horror films - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf - are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological 'monsters', the living dead, and 'slasher' movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered.The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. An extensive Filmography is included and reference is made at the appropriate point to the most pertinent writing on horror. Overall, this is an ideal introduction to the area for all students and general readers interested
Main Description
The American Horror Film is the first overview of this popular genre. It moves from Dracula in 1931 to contemporary films such as Scream and The Sixth Sense . The various characters that recur in horror films - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf - are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological 'monsters', the living dead, and 'slasher' movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered.The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. An extensive Filmography is included and reference is made at the appropriate point to the most pertinent writing on horror. Overall, this is an ideal introduction to the area for all students and general readers interested in the American horror film.Key Features:*Includes 10 film stills*Covers major films such as King Kong , Little Shop of Horrors , Psycho , The Exorcist , The Omen and I Know What You Did Last Summer *Only up-to-date textbook on the subject.
Main Description
The American Horror Filmmoves from Draculain 1931 to contemporary films such as Screamand The Sixth Sense. The various characters that recur in horror films -- Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf -- are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological "monsters," the living dead, and "slasher" movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered. The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. The book also features an extensive filmography, numerous references to the most pertinent writing on horror, and ten film stills augment the text.
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"The American Horror Film" moves from "Dracula" in 1931 to contemporary films such as "Scream" and "The Sixth Sense." The book also features an extensive filmography, numerous references to the most pertinent writing on horror, and film stills that augment the text. 10 photos.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Figures in a Gothic Landscapep. 9
Variations on a Themep. 25
Val Lewton Productionsp. 40
Nuclear and other Horrorsp. 56
The Changing Face of Horrorp. 85
Directors and Directionsp. 113
Slashers, Serial Killers and the 'Final Girl'p. 139
David Cronenberg and Special Effectsp. 168
Conclusion: Where Do We Go From Here?p. 189
Filmographyp. 196
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 212
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