Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion

Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion

by Paul Leggett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786411678

ISBN-13: 9780786411672

Pub. Date: 01/15/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Some critics in England and France have long maintained that British director Terence Fisher, whose films dominated world markets in the 1950s and 60s, was one of the greatest directors of fantasy films in history. Since his death in 1980, Fisher's reputation has grown from relative obscurity and his influence on the development of the modern horror film has been

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Some critics in England and France have long maintained that British director Terence Fisher, whose films dominated world markets in the 1950s and 60s, was one of the greatest directors of fantasy films in history. Since his death in 1980, Fisher's reputation has grown from relative obscurity and his influence on the development of the modern horror film has been widely recognized. However, Fisher's importance should not be limited to the context of the fantasy and horror film genres. His films should also be recognized as expressions of his generalizations about human spirituality.

This critical study of Fisher's films begins with an introduction that provides biographical information on his film career, summaries of all of the films he directed and examples of his impact on contemporary cinema. All of Fisher's films are analyzed in terms of their Christian and religious themes as well as their mythical sources. Chapters are devoted to Fisher's work on the subjects of Frankenstein, Dracula, curses (The Devil Rides Out), the ancient goddess (The Gorgon), the divided self (The Man Who Could Cheat Death) and the redeemer hero (The Stranglers of Bombay). The concluding chapter analyzes the role and influence of Biblical narratives in Fisher's films. Also included is a filmography; the work is fully indexed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411672
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/15/2002
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Importance of Terence Fisher1
Ch. 1The Failure of Frankenstein15
Ch. 2The Lust of Dracula44
Ch. 3The Devil's Curse77
Ch. 4The Ancient Curse102
Ch. 5The Divided Self118
Ch. 6The Redeemer Hero136
Ch. 7Terence Fisher: Narrative Style and the Bible157
Epilogue: The Lessons of Horror: Terence Fisher in Context182
Filmography193
Bibliography199
Index205

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