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Horror at the Drive-In: Essays in Popular Americana
     

Horror at the Drive-In: Essays in Popular Americana

by Gary D. Rhodes
 

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Drive-in movie theaters and the horror films shown at them during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s may be somewhat outdated, but they continue to enthrall movie buffs today. More than just fodder for the satirical cannons of Joe Bob Briggs and Mystery Science Theatre 3000, they appeal to knowledgeable fans and film scholars who understand their influence on

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Drive-in movie theaters and the horror films shown at them during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s may be somewhat outdated, but they continue to enthrall movie buffs today. More than just fodder for the satirical cannons of Joe Bob Briggs and Mystery Science Theatre 3000, they appeal to knowledgeable fans and film scholars who understand their influence on American popular culture.
This book is a collection of eighteen essays by various scholars on the classic drive-in horror film experience. Those in Section One emphasize the roles of the drive-in theater in the United States—and its cultural cousin, Australia. Section Two examines how horror operated at the drive-in, the rhetoric used in coming attraction trailers, horror film premieres at drive-ins, double features, and the preproduction, production, and marketing of Last House on the Left. Section Three addresses the effects of the Vietnam War and counter-culture on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Cold War on Cat Women of the Moon.
Section Four explores gender issues and sexuality, two of the most common and most important subjects of horror film analysis. Section Five covers drive-in culture via Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, 2000 Maniacs, and the films of Mario Bava. Section Six investigates a variety of issues, such as the drive-in horror film’s embrace of DNA, the use of cinematic form to create a non–Hollywood look in Wizard of Gore, and the many different prints and running times of I Drink Your Blood.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
all eighteen essays are well written, and worth your time
Big Reel
essays approach a number of unusual but provocative themes
Journal of Popular Film & Television
a major contribution
From the Publisher
“all eighteen essays are well written, and worth your time”—Classic Images; “essays approach a number of unusual but provocative themes”—Big Reel; “a major contribution”—Journal of Popular Film & Television; “prepare to be wowed”—Brutarian Quarterly; “essays...on the classic drive-in horror experience”—Cult Movies; “fine collection...deserves a wide readership...well researched and highly readable... a good textbook”—Hubstuff; “a valued resource”—The Ninth Circle; “the illos are excellent”—Psychotronic; “important...impressive—Journal of Popular Culture; “a fine collection...well researched...would certainly be a good textbook for film classes, sociology classes, or even history classes.... Recommended”—Journal of American Culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786437627
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/27/2008
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Gary D. Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen’s University, Belfast.

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