Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History of Freak Film

Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History of Freak Film

by Jack Hunter
     
 
Hell on earth

From the Roman games to American travelling carnivals, freakshows - human anomalies presented for spectacle - have flourished throughout recorded history. The birth of the movies provided a further outlet for these displays, which in turn led to a peculiar strain of bizarre cinema: Freak film.

Inside Teradome is a comprehensive, fully

Overview

Hell on earth

From the Roman games to American travelling carnivals, freakshows - human anomalies presented for spectacle - have flourished throughout recorded history. The birth of the movies provided a further outlet for these displays, which in turn led to a peculiar strain of bizarre cinema: Freak film.

Inside Teradome is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the roots and development of this fascinating, often disturbing cinematic genre. Including:

  • A brief history of teratology; freaks in myth and medicine.
  • The history of freakshows, origins of cinema.
  • Influence of sideshows on cinema.
  • Use of human anomalies in cinema.
  • Freaks and geeks
  • Bizarre cinema: mutilation and other fetishes.
  • Illustrated filmography; index.
From the pioneering illusions of Georges Melies and the Expressionist distortions of Dr Caligari, the surgical horrors of Mad Love and real-life grotesqueries of Tod Brownning's Freaks, to the modern nightmare visions of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eraserhead, and Santa Sangre, Inside Teradome reveals a twisted thread of voyeuristic sickness running not only thorugh cinema, but through the society of which it has always been the most telling barometer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781871592412
Publisher:
Creation Books
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Creation Cinema Series
Edition description:
ABR
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.57(d)

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