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Smirk, Sneer and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema

Smirk, Sneer and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema

by Mark Clark


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786419326
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Part 1Horror Stars5
Lon Chaney7
Boris Karloff13
Bela Lugosi37
Lionel Atwill54
Dwight Frye61
Peter Lorre66
John Carradine73
George Zucco79
Lon Chaney, Jr.84
Vincent Price90
Peter Cushing104
Christopher Lee119
Other Horror Stars128
Part 2Mainstream Actors139
Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde141
Charles Laughton in Island of Lost Souls145
Claude Rains in The Invisible Man148
Laird Cregar in The Lodger152
Anthony Perkins in Psycho156
Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead160
Michael Rooker in Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer164
Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs169
Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense172
Other Mainstream Actors176
Part 3Leading Ladies181
Gloria Holden in Dracula's Daughter184
Simone Simon in Cat People189
Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?193
Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby198
Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair in The Exorcist203
Sissy Spacek in Carrie209
Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween213
Kathy Bates in Misery218
Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs222
Other Leading Ladies227
AppendixHorror Cinema and the Academy Awards235

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Smirk, Sneer and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
IrishHolger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mark Clark's book does exactly what it says in the second part of its title.... focus on great acting in the horror cinema. In contrast to the first part of the title it does actually focus on some of the subtle nuances deployed by the classic horror stars, not on over-the-top mannerisms and hammy acting.