The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror

Overview

John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized ...

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Overview

John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's film-making. The text's key strength is that it draws upon an international group of scholars offering a variety of expertise. Films discussed include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and its subsequent sequels, Escape from New York (1981), Escape from L.A.(1996), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Village of the Damned (1995) and Ghosts of Mars(2001). The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.

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Editorial Reviews

Empire
4 Stars
Fangoria
These authors...provide much meaningful commentary about a worthwhile group of films truly deserving of this rigorous examination.
Video Watchdog
Well-grounded and unpretentious.

— Brett Taylor

Video Watchdog - Brett Taylor

Well-grounded and unpretentious.

Empire

4 Stars

Fangoria

These authors...provide much meaningful commentary about a worthwhile group of films truly deserving of this rigorous examination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904764151
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2005
  • Series: Directors' Cuts Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Conrich is senior lecturer in Film Studies at University of Surrey, Roehampton and is coeditor of seven books, including the forthcoming Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema. He has written extensively on the horror genre, with his work appearing in A Handbook to Gothic Literature, The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg, The Horror Film Reader, and British Horror Cinema.David Woods is senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the coeditor of New Zealand--A Pastoral Paradise? and he has contributed to Translation, Theory and Latin America: Dimensions of the Third Term and The Background to Critical Theory: From Kant to Levi-Strauss.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Disorder in the universe : John Carpenter and the question of genre 10
2 Us and them : authority and identity in Carpenter's films 21
3 A siege mentality? : form and ideology in Carpenter's early siege films 35
4 Fast and cheap? : the film music of John Carpenter 49
5 Carpenter's widescreen style 66
6 'A spook ride on film' : Carpenter and the gothic 78
7 Killing time ... and time again : the popular appeal of Carpenter's horrors and the impact of The thing and Halloween 91
8 Masculinity, Kurt Russell and the Escape films 107
9 From Elvis to L. A. : reflections on the Carpenter-Russell films 118
10 Restorative and destructive : Carpenter and maternal authority 128
11 'Something came leaking out' : Carpenter's unholy abominations 140
12 Revisionings : repetition as creative nostalgia in the films of John Carpenter 155
13 An interview with John Carpenter 167
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