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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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.

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 vi

Introduction: Beyond Videodrome—An Archaeology of 21st-Century Hardcore Horror 1

One. “Not like how Hollywood shows us”: A Definition of Hardcore Horror in the 21st Century 15

Two. The Genealogy of Extremity in North American Film 30

Three. Global Currents of Extreme Horror 55

Four. “A malignant, seething hatework”: The Films of Hardcore Horror in the 21st Century 80

Five. The Realist Aesthetic of Hardcore Horror 110

Six. “These movies have brought me many problems”:

Performance and the Traumatized Self Within Hardcore Horror 131

Seven. Hardcore Horror Production: An Interview with Amateur Porn Star Killer Director Shane Ryan 153

Eight. “I’ll pay you in cash to slip this thread into the purge”: Navigating Fandom in Hardcore Horror 172

Conclusion: “It has no redeeming features whatsoever that I could discern”—The Cultural Value of Hardcore Horror 198

Chapter Notes 205

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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