Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century: Production, Marketing and Consumption

Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century: Production, Marketing and Consumption

by James Aston
Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century: Production, Marketing and Consumption

Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century: Production, Marketing and Consumption

by James Aston

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Overview

The first of its kind, this study examines the exemplars of hardcore horror--Fred Vogel's August Underground trilogy, Shane Ryan's Amateur Porn Star Killer series and Lucifer Valentine's ""vomit gore"" films. The author begins with a definition and critical overview of this marginalized subgenre before exploring its key aesthetic convention, the pursuit of realist horror. Production practices, exhibition and marketing strategies are discussed in an in-depth interview with filmmaker Shane Ryan. Audience reception is covered with a focus on fan interaction via the Internet.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476668888
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Aston is program leader for screen at the University of Hull film studies undergraduate program. He lives in Willerby, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beyond Videodrome—An Archaeology of 21st-Century Hardcore Horror
One. “Not like how Hollywood shows us”: A Definition of Hardcore Horror in the 21st Century
Two. The Genealogy of Extremity in North American Film
Three. Global Currents of Extreme Horror
Four. “A malignant, seething hatework”: The Films of Hardcore Horror in the 21st Century
Five. The Realist Aesthetic of Hardcore Horror
Six. “These movies have brought me many problems”:
Performance and the Traumatized Self Within Hardcore Horror
Seven. Hardcore Horror Production: An Interview with Amateur Porn Star Killer Director Shane Ryan
Eight. “I’ll pay you in cash to slip this thread into the purge”: Navigating Fandom in Hardcore Horror
Conclusion: “It has no redeeming features whatsoever that I could discern”—The Cultural Value of Hardcore Horror
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

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