The Cult Film Reader

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Whether defined by horror, kung-fu, sci-fi, sexploitation, kitsch musical or 'weird world cinema', cult movies and their global followings are emerging as a distinct subject of film and media theory, dedicated to dissecting the world's unruliest images.

This book is the world's first Reader on cult film. It brings together key works in the field on the structure, form, status, and reception of cult cinema traditions. Including work from key established scholars in the field such...

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Overview

Whether defined by horror, kung-fu, sci-fi, sexploitation, kitsch musical or 'weird world cinema', cult movies and their global followings are emerging as a distinct subject of film and media theory, dedicated to dissecting the world's unruliest images.

This book is the world's first Reader on cult film. It brings together key works in the field on the structure, form, status, and reception of cult cinema traditions. Including work from key established scholars in the field such as Umberto Eco, Janet Staiger, Jeffrey Sconce, Henry Jenkins, and Barry Keith Grant, as well as new perspectives on the gradually developing canon of cult cinema, the book not only presents an overview of ways in which cult cinema can be approached, it also re-assesses the methods used to study the cult text and its audiences.

With editors' introductions to the volume and to each section, the book is divided into four clear thematic areas of study - The Conceptions of Cult; Cult Case Studies; National and International Cults; and Cult Consumption - to provide an accessible overview of the topic. It also contains an extensive bibliography for further related readings.

Written in a lively and accessible style, The Cult Film Reader dissects some of biggest trends, icons, auteurs and periods of global cult film production. Films discussed include Casablanca, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Showgirls and Ginger Snaps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335219247
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Mathijs heads the Centre for Cinema Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Xavier Mendik is Director of the Cult Film Archive and Convenor of the MA in Cult Film and TV at Brunel University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Foreword

Cult corner: acknowledgements

Publisher's acknowledgements

Editorial introduction: What is cult film?ä 1

Note on the organization of materialsä 13

Sect. 1 The concepts of cultä 15

Introduction 15

1.1 Harry Allan Potamkin: 'Film cults' 25

1.2 Walter Benjamin: 'The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction' 29

1.3 Susan Sontag: 'Notes on "camp"' 41

1.4 Andrew Ross: 'Uses of camp' 53

1.5 Umberto Eco: 'Casablanca: Cult movies and intertextual collage' 67

1.6 Barry K. Grant: 'Science fiction double feature: Ideology in the cult film' 76

1.7 Anne Jerslev: 'Semiotics by instinct: "Cult film" as a signifying practice between film and audience' 88

1.8 Jeffrey Sconce: '"Trashing" the academy: Taste, excess and an emerging politics of cinematic style' 100

1.9 Joan Hawkins: 'Sleaze mania, Euro-trash and high art: The place of European art films in American low culture' 119

1.10 Matt Hills: 'Media fandom, neoreligiosity and cult(ural) studies' 133

1.11 Mark Jancovich: 'Cult fictions: Cult movies, subcultural capital and the production of cultural distinctions' 149

Sect. 2 Cult case studies 163

Introduction 163

2.1 Jean Vigo: 'Un chien andalou' 173

2.2 Joan Hawkins: 'The anxiety of influence: Georges Franju and the medical horrorshows of Jess Franco' 176

2.3 Eric Schaefer: 'The obscene seen: Spectacle and transgression in postwar burlesque films' 186

2.4 Parker Tyler: 'Orson Welles and the big experimental film cult' 200

2.5 Gary Hentzi: 'Little cinema of horrors' 208

2.6 Welch Everman: 'What is a cult horror film?'212

2.7 Harry Benshoff: 'Blaxploitation horror films: Generic reappropriation or reinscription?' 216

2.8 Steve Chibnall: 'Carter in context' 226

2.9 Noel Carroll: 'The future of allusion: Hollywood in the seventies (and beyond)' 240

2.10 Janet Staiger: 'Hitchcock in Texas: Intertextuality in the face of blood and gore' 244

2.11 Steven Jay Schneider: 'The essential evil in/of Eraserhead (or, Lynch to the contrary)' 250

2.12 Lawrence O'Toole: 'The cult of horror' 257

2.13 J. P. Telotte:' The Blair Witch Project: Film and the internet' 263

Sect. 3 National and international cults 275

Introduction 275

3.1 J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum: 'El Topo: Through the wasteland of the counterculture' 284

3.2 Gary Needham: 'Playing with genre: An introduction to the Italian giallo' 294

3.3 Leon Hunt: 'Han's Island revisited: Enter the Dragon as transnational cult film' 301

3.4 Annalee Newitz: 'Magical girls and atomic bomb sperm: Japanese animation in America' 309

3.5 Jinsoo An: 'The Killer, Cult film and transcultural (mis)reading' 320

3.6 Harmony Wu: 'Trading in horror, cult and matricide: Peter Jackson's phenomenal had taste and New Zealand fantasies of inter/national cinematic success' 328

3.7 Sheila J. Nayar: 'Invisible representation: The oral contours of a national popular cinema' 339

3.8 Nezih Erdogan: 'Mute bodies, disembodied voices: Notes on sound in Turkish popular cinema' 349

3.9 Tom Mes: 'Ichi the Killer' 360

Sect. 4 Cult consumption 369

Introduction 369

4.1 Siegfried Kracauerä: 'Cult of distraction: On Berlin's picture palaces' 381

4.2 Pierre Bourdieu: 'Introduction to Distinction' 386

4.3 Bruce A. Austin: 'Portrait of a cult film audience: The Rocky Horror Picture Show' 392

4.4 Gina Marchetti: 'Subcultural studies and the film audience: Rethinking the film viewing context' 403

4.5 David Sanjek: 'Fans' notes: The horror film fanzine' 419

4.6 Henry Jenkins: '"Get a life!": Fans, poachers, nomads' 429

4.7 John Fiske: 'The cultural economy of fandom' 445

4.8 Martin Barker, Jane Arthurs and Ramaswami Harindranath: 'The Crash controversy: Reviewing the press' 456

4.9 I. Q. Hunter: 'Beaver Las Vegas! A fan-boy's defence of Showgirls' 472

4.10 Martin Barker, Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik: 'Menstrual monsters: The reception of the Ginger Snaps cult horror franchise' 482

Cult bibliography 495

Index of film titles 523

General index 533

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