Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema

Overview

Robin Wood has noted that horror 'has consistently been one of the most popular and, at the same time, the most disreputable of Hollywood genres'.

Horror is still immensely popular but its assimilation into our culture continues apace. In Horror Zone, leading international writers on horror take horror into the world outside cinema screens to explore the interconnections between the films and modern media and entertainment industries, economies and production practices, cultural...

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Overview

Robin Wood has noted that horror 'has consistently been one of the most popular and, at the same time, the most disreputable of Hollywood genres'.

Horror is still immensely popular but its assimilation into our culture continues apace. In Horror Zone, leading international writers on horror take horror into the world outside cinema screens to explore the interconnections between the films and modern media and entertainment industries, economies and production practices, cultural and political forums, spectators and fans. They critically examine the ways in which the horror genre functions in all its multifarious forms, considering, for example, the Friday the 13th films as a contemporary grand guignol, the new series of Mummy and Blade films as blockbusters, and horror film marketing on the Internet. They also examine the relationship between the contemporary horror film and the theme park ride, the horror film as art house cinema, relationships between pornography and the horror film, set and costume design in horror films such as The Silence of the Lambs, and place of special effects in this most disreputable of film genres.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848852624
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Conrich is Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London. His books include The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror (2004), Film's Musical Moments (2006), and Contemporary New Zealand Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Ian Conrich 1

Part 1 Industry, Technology and the New Media

1 Dark Rides, Hybrid Machines and the Horror Experience Angela Ndalianis 11

2 High Concept Thrills and Chills: The Horror Blockbuster Stacey Abbott 27

3 Bringing It All Back Home: Horror Cinema and Video Culture Linda Badley 45

Part 2 Audiences, Fans and Consumption

4 Stalking the Web: Celebration, Chat and Horror Film Marketing on the Internet Brigid Cherry 67

5 Attending Horror Film Festivals and Conventions: Liveness, Subcultural Capital and 'Flesh-and-Blood Genre Communities' Matt Hills 87

6 'Trashing' the Academy: Taste, Excess and an Emerging Politics of Cinematic Style Jeffrey Sconce 103

Part 3 Manufacture and Design

7 Culture Wars: Some New Trends in Art Horror Joan Hawkins 125

8 Making Up Monsters: Set and Costume Design in Horror Films Tamao Nakahara 139

9 They're Here!: Special Effects in Horror Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s Ernest Matbijs 153

10 The Friday the 13th Films and the Cultural Function of a Modern Grand Guignol Ian Conrich 173

Part 4 Boundaries of Horror

11 'Parts is Parts': Pornography, Splatter Films and the Politics of Corporeal Disintegration Jay McRoy 191

12 Nazi Horrors: History, Myth, Sexploitation Julian Petley 205

13 Better the Devil You Know: Antichrists at the Millennium Mick Broderick 227

14 Feminine Boundaries: Adolescence, Witchcraft and the Supernatural in New Gothic Cinema and Television Estella Tincknell 245

15 Impaired Visions: The Cultural and Cinematic Politics of Blindness in the Horror Film Angela Marie Smith 259

List of Contributors277

Index 283

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