The Horror Film: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Combining historical narrative with close readings of several significant horror films, this brief volume offers a broad and lively introduction to cinematic horror. In doing so, it outlines and investigates important issues in the production, consumption, and cultural interpretation of the genre.

  • An ideal text for perennially popular courses on the horror film genre.
  • Examines the ways in which horror movies have been produced, received, and interpreted by filmmakers, audiences, and critics, from the 1920s to the present.
  • Provides a short historical introduction of the horror film as an orientation to the field.
  • Analyses a wide variety of major works in the genre, including Frankenstein, Cat People, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
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"Worland writes in a scholarly but not overly pedantic style, and he is concise and insightful" Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405139021
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2006
  • Series: New Approaches to Film Genre Series, #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 511,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Worland is Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Cinema-Television at Southern Methodist University. He has published in many scholarly journals, including Cinema Journal, and has contributed essays to a number of film collections.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations.


1. Introduction: Undying Monsters.

2 A Short History of the Horror Film:Beginnings to 1945.

3. A Short History of the Horror Film: 1945 to the Present.

4. Monsters Among Us: Cases of Social Reception.

5. Edges of the Horror Film: Lon Chaney, Tod Browning, and The Unknown (1927).

6. Frankenstein (1931) and Hollywood Expressionism.

7. Cat People (1942): Lewton, Freud, and Suggestive Horror.

8. Horror in “The Age of Anxiety”: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

9. Slaughtering Genre Tradition: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

10. Halloween (1978): The Shape of the Slasher Film.

11. Re-Animator (1985) and Slapstick Horror.

12. Demon Lover: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

13. Afterword: Our Haunted Houses.

Appendix: Horror Auteurs.



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