The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema

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This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges M?li?s' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires in cinema can be organized by a handful of governing principles that help make sense of this movie monster's remarkable fecundity. Among these principles are that the cinematic vampire is invariably about sex and the vexed human relationship with technology, and that the vampire is always an ...

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Overview

This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires in cinema can be organized by a handful of governing principles that help make sense of this movie monster's remarkable fecundity. Among these principles are that the cinematic vampire is invariably about sex and the vexed human relationship with technology, and that the vampire is always an overdetermined body condensing what a culture considers other. This volume includes in-depth studies of films including Powell's A Fool There Was, Franco's Vampyros Lesbos, Cronenberg's Rabid, Kümel's Daughters of Darkness, and Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.

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Editorial Reviews

The Gothic Imagination - Xavier Aldana Reyes

This book provides a perfect introduction to the vampire subgenre that does not completely abandon historiography whilst vouching for a more organic thematic arrangement. Essential reading for vampire cinephiles and horror aficionados alike.

Rue Morgue

The Vampire Film is certain to provide a novel, penetrating look through the layers of meaning surrounding the bloodsucking undead.

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts - Jim Holte

The Vampire Film is well written and engaging. Jeffrey Weinstock has provided both scholars and general readers with yet another useful tool with which to hunt the vampire.

The Gothic Imagination
This book provides a perfect introduction to the vampire subgenre that does not completely abandon historiography whilst vouching for a more organic thematic arrangement. Essential reading for vampire cinephiles and horror aficionados alike.

— Xavier Aldana Reyes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231162012
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: Short Cuts Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Weinstock is professor of American literature and culture at Central Michigan University. He is the author of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2007) and Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women (2008) and is an editor for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Vampire Cinema1. Vampire Sex2. Vampire Technology3. Vampire OthernessCoda: Vampirising GenreFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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