Projected Fears / Edition 1by Kendall R. Phillips
Pub. Date: 05/01/2005
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radicallyevery time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twistit has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential
Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radicallyevery time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twistit has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror filmsincluding Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Silence of the Lambs, and Scream, each of which has become a film landmark and spawned countless imitators, and all having implications that transcend their cinematic influence and achievement. By tracing the production history, contemporary audience response, and lasting cultural influence of each picture, Phillips offers a unique new approach to thinking about the popular attraction to horror films, and the ways in which they reflect both cultural and individual fears. Though stylistically and thematically very different, all of these movies have scared millions of eager moviegoers. This book tries to figure out why.
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Table of Contents
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Exorcist (1973) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
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I've read more than my fair share of books about film, and horror films in particular. What made me like this book was that it blended together history, film production stuff and some pretty cool observations about the films themselves. Projected Fears is smarter than the average film history book and more accessible than the average 'academic film studies' book.
If you like films, and especially if you like horror films, this is the book for you! I found the combination of historical facts, cultural issues, and insightful criticism really rewarding. The book had me re-viewing many of the familiar classics with new eyes and a new appreciation for the importance of the horror film.