Smirk, Sneer and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema

Smirk, Sneer and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema

by Mark Clark
     
 
While you may think the old adage about oil and water being unable to mix applies perfectly to the cinema of terror and the craft of great acting, many a grease-painted scare and fluid performance have been combined in the strange alchemy that is the horror film. From the silent mastery of Lon Chaney's The Phantom of the Opera to the cultured cannibalism of Anthony

Overview

While you may think the old adage about oil and water being unable to mix applies perfectly to the cinema of terror and the craft of great acting, many a grease-painted scare and fluid performance have been combined in the strange alchemy that is the horror film. From the silent mastery of Lon Chaney's The Phantom of the Opera to the cultured cannibalism of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, the genre has seen an impressive number of noteworthy portrayals, far removed from the stereotypical leering monster and terrified maiden. Part One of this work highlights the stars of this screen style -- those whose numerous roles and outstanding performances made their names synonymous with horror cinema. Part Two covers actors who, although not normally associated with the genre, still contributed to its history. Part Three covers the great actresses in horror films and highlights their acting achievement. An appendix lists all the Academy Award nominations and winners in the horror genre.

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a good book...illuminating...a fine critical study...indepth
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refreshing...the author is at all times personable, credible, and literate...too interesting, well-written, and just plain fun to be passed over
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786464197
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/03/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,238,299
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Film historian Mark Clark lives in Mentor on the Lake, Ohio.

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