Horror Film Reader


These essays offer a broad overview of the horror film genre, from the silent screen to Scream 3, demonstrating how it remains defiantly, frighteningly alive.

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These essays offer a broad overview of the horror film genre, from the silent screen to Scream 3, demonstrating how it remains defiantly, frighteningly alive.

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This anthology of 20 essays features a mix of overview pieces, studies of individual films or series, genre perspectives, and auteurist analyses. The first nine essays are reprints from 1952-1975. There are numerous black and white movie stills. No index is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879102975
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 3
Part 1 Seminal Essays
Ghoulies and Ghosties 9
Horror Films 21
The Subconscious: From Pleasure Castle to Libido Hotel 39
The Face of Horror 51
A Bloody New Wave in the United States 63
Horror Is My Business 67
The Horror Film: Polanski and Repulsion 77
From Voyeurism to Infinity 87
Mario Bava: the Illusion of Reality 95
Part 2 New Perspectives
Neglected Nightmares 111
Is the Devil American? William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster 129
Violence, Women, and Disability in Tod Browning's Freaks and The Devil Doll 151
Monsters as (Uncanny) Metaphors: Freud, Lakoff, and the Representation of Monstrosity in Cinematic Horror 167
The Anxiety of Influence: Georges Franju and the Medical Horror Shows of Jess Franco 193
Seducing the Subject: Freddy Krueger 223
What Rough Beast? Insect Politics and The Fly 237
Demon Daddies: Gender, Ecstasy and Terror in the Possession Film 247
Women on the Verge of a Gothic Breakdown: Sex, Drugs and Corpses in The Horrible Dr. Hichcock 269
Candyman: Urban Space, Fear, and Entitlement 281
The Haunting and the Power of Suggestion: Why Robert Wise's Film Continues to "Deliver the Goods" to Modern Audiences 305
Notes on Contributors 317
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