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Projected fears : horror films and American culture /
Kendall R. Phillips.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2005.
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227 p.
ISBN
0275983536 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2005.
isbn
0275983536 (alk. paper)
contents note
Dracula (1931) -- The thing from another world (1951) -- Psycho (1960) -- Night of the living dead (1968) -- The exorcist (1973) & The Texas chainsaw massacre (1974) -- Halloween (1978) -- The silence of the lambs (1991) -- Scream (1996) -- The sixth sense (1999).
catalogue key
5374382
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
Phillips (communication and rhetoric, Syracuse Univ.) discusses ten seminal horror films (1931-99), gauging their function as the "collective nightmares" of their audiences and their times, as films resonating and resisting their respective cultural anxieties. In this context, he describes Dracula as a seductive embodiment of the social upheaval and chaos between the two world wars; The Thing charts the imminent cataclysm of the Cold War years; Psycho critiques the inner sickness lurking beneath suburban life in the late 1950s; The Sixth Sense returns to a more serious, traditional Gothic style in its interrogation of the anxiety concerning millennial apocalypse during the late 1990s; and so on (also discussed are Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, The Silence of the Lambs, and Scream). The book is sensible, highly readable, and concise, and that very concision mandates the book's audience: the themes and gothic underpinnings of these films warrant more rigorous examination than Phillips can provide here. Accordingly, this book will best serve as an introduction to the horror genre. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers. J. C. Tibbetts University of Kansas
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"Kendall Phillips explores the cultural resonances and rhetorical form of American horror films of the 20th century. He takes us from Dracula (1931) through Psycho (1960), The Exorcist (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and other films that have shocked and horrified us, in a lucid account of the cultural contexts that gave them birth and influenced their reception. His lively and wide ranging account will certainly send readers back to the films for another look." - Thomas W. Benson, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric Penn State University
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense , to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience." - Reference & Research Book News
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience." - Reference & Research Book News
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , The Silence of the LambS≪/i> and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience." - Reference & Research Book News
"Kendall Phillips explores the cultural resonances and rhetorical form of American horror films of the 20th century. He takes us from Dracula (1931) through Psycho (1960), The Exorcist (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and other films that have shocked and horrified us, in a lucid account of the cultural contexts that gave them birth and influenced their reception. His lively and wide ranging account will certainly send readers back to the films for another look."
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the LambS≪/i> and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience." - Reference & Research Book News
"Phillips has provided deep and probing insights into the relationship between ten classic horror films and the cultures they reflect. This is a challenging but rewarding read for serious fans, film buffs, and filmmakers, as well as scholars. Even the writers and directors of these classics stand to be enlightened by learning of the impact, scope, and significance of their realized concepts." - A. John Graves, Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication Central Missouri State University
" Projected Fears goes well beyond being exemplary film and media criticism. Kendall Phillips provides an intriguing and cogent synthesis of visual, textual, and cultural analyses that present a unique, useful, and welcomed reframing, retelling, and reinterpretation of human history and memory through the lens of one of our most important and popular forms of artistic expression--not to mention a genre that has long been a focus of public fascination--the horror film."
"Projected Fears goes well beyond being exemplary film and media criticism. Kendall Phillips provides an intriguing and cogent synthesis of visual, textual, and cultural analyses that present a unique, useful, and welcomed reframing, retelling, and reinterpretation of human history and memory through the lens of one of our most important and popular forms of artistic expression--not to mention a genre that has long been a focus of public fascination--the horror film." - Charlton McIlwain, Assistant Professor of Culture & Communication, New York University and author of When Death Goes Pop: Death, Media & the Remaking of Community
"Phillips has provided deep and probing insights into the relationship between ten classic horror films and the cultures they reflect. This is a challenging but rewarding read for serious fans, film buffs, and filmmakers, as well as scholars. Even the writers and directors of these classics stand to be enlightened by learning of the impact, scope, and significance of their realized concepts."
'œThe book is sensible, highly readable, and concise....[t]his book will best serve as an introduction to the horror genre. Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers.'' Choice
"Kendall Phillips explores the cultural resonances and rhetorical form of American horror films of the 20th century. He takes us from Dracula (1931) through Psycho (1960), The Exorcist (1973), The Silence of the LambS≪/i> (1991), and other films that have shocked and horrified us, in a lucid account of the cultural contexts that gave them birth and influenced their reception. His lively and wide ranging account will certainly send readers back to the films for another look."
"The book is sensible, highly readable, and concise....[t]his book will best serve as an introduction to the horror genre. Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers." - Choice
"The book is sensible, highly readable, and concise....[t]his book will best serve as an introduction to the horror genre. Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers."- Choice
'œPhillips (communication and rhetorical studies, Syracuse U.) analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience.'' Reference & Research Book News
'œPhillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience.'' Reference & Research Book News
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense, to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience."- Reference & Research Book News
"Fans of horror and horror movies who wish an intellectual examination of links between horror films and American culture will find professor Kendall R. Phillips' Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture to be most intriguing." - MBR Bookwatch
"Fans of horror and horror movies who wish an intellectual examination of links between horror films and American culture will find professor Kendall R. Phillips' Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture to be most intriguing."- MBR Bookwatch
"[E]xplores the relationship between 10 classic horror films and the cultures they reflect." - US States News
'œFans of horror and horror movies who wish an intellectual examination of links between horror films and American culture will find professor Kendall R. Phillips' Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture to be most intriguing.'' MBR Bookwatch
"Phillips analyzes ten landmark horror films, including Dracula , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense , to discover the ways horror films reflect their cultural contexts and the audiences' fears. In addition to his analyses, Phillips provides a synopsis of each film and describes its production history, contemporary audience response and cultural influence. Although Phillips incorporates the work of other film and cultural critics, he writes for a general audience." - Reference and Research Book News
'œ[E]xplores the relationship between 10 classic horror films and the cultures they reflect.'' US States News
"[E]xplores the relationship between 10 classic horror films and the cultures they reflect."- US States News
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror films-including Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Silence of the Lambs, and Scream-each of which has become a film landmark and spawned countless imitators, and all having implications that transcend their cinematic influence and achievement. By tracing the production history, contemporary audience response, and lasting cultural influence of each picture, Phillips offers a unique new approach to thinking about the popular attraction to horror films, and the ways in which they reflect both cultural and individual fears.
Long Description
Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radically--every time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twist--it remains one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror films--including Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Silence of the Lambs, and Scream, each of which has become a film landmark and spawned countless imitators, and all having implications that transcend their cinematic influence and achievement. By tracing the production history, contemporary audience response, and lasting cultural influence of each picture, Phillips offers a unique new approach to thinking about popular attraction to horror films, and the ways in which they reflect both cultural and individual fears. Though stylistically and thematically very different, all of these movies have scared millions of eager moviegoers. This book tries to figure out why.
Long Description
Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radicallyevery time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twistit has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror filmsincluding Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Silence of the Lambs, and Scream, each of which has become a film landmark and spawned countless imitators, and all having implications that transcend their cinematic influence and achievement. By tracing the production history, contemporary audience response, and lasting cultural influence of each picture, Phillips offers a unique new approach to thinking about the popular attraction to horror films, and the ways in which they reflect both cultural and individual fears. Though stylistically and thematically very different, all of these movies have scared millions of eager moviegoers. This book tries to figure out why.
Long Description
Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radicallyevery time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twistit has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror filmsincluding Dracula , Night of the Living Dead , Halloween , The Silence of the Lambs , and Scream , each of which has become a film landmark and spawned countless imitators, and all having implications that transcend their cinematic influence and achievement. By tracing the production history, contemporary audience response, and lasting cultural influence of each picture, Phillips offers a unique new approach to thinking about the popular attraction to horror films, and the ways in which they reflect both cultural and individual fears. Though stylistically and thematically very different, all of these movies have scared millions of eager moviegoers. This book tries to figure out why.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Projected Fears' examines ten key horror films in an attempt to answer the question of why they remain such a powerful force in American culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction Dracula (1931)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Psycho (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Halloween (1978)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Scream (1996)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Conclusion
Bibliography
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