The Thrill of Repulsion: Excursions into Horror Culture

The Thrill of Repulsion: Excursions into Horror Culture

by William Burns


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This collection of carefully curated lists, articles, and interviews celebrates the beleaguered horror genre across different media while tracing the history of its acceptance into popular culture. Divided into four sections—Film, Television, Literature & Comic Books, and Music—this book groups horror movies from the Silent Era to today, as well as classic horror books and cult musical albums, into top-13 lists. Enjoy detailed reviews and analysis in categories such as the 13 Most Deranged Horror Director Debuts, the 13 Horror Movie Adaptations That Are Better Than the Book, and the 13 Most Terrifying Horror Film Soundtracks. These chapters, together with in-depth conversations with musicians, demonstrate how horror has penetrated our culture in more ways than we know. Fans of experimental cinema, heavy metal, industrial music, comics, and the occult will be delighted to see their favorite, yet far too often critically marginalized, works of art reviewed with a fresh, exhilarating voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764351433
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William Burns is an English professor at Suffolk County Community College. He teaches classes on horror films and horror literature, and lectures widely on the topics of experimental films, graphic novels, postmodernism, and surrealism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 3

Introduction 6

Film 11

Ch1 The 13 Most Disturbing Films That Aren't Horror Movies 12

Ch2 The 13 Most Sickening Art House Horror Movies 23

Ch3 The 13 Most Deranged Horror Director Debuts 37

Ch4 The 13 Horror Films that Deserve Better 50

Ch5 The 13 Most Phantasniagorical Fantastique Films 61

Ch6 The 13 Most Glorious Godzilla Films 77

Ch7 The 13 Most Satanic Horror Films 86

Ch8 The Horror Film Primer: Witchcraft Movies 98

Ch9 Saw: The Wrecker of Civilization? 111

Ch10 We Blew It: The Death of the '60s on Film 115

Ch11 Fear and Head-Spinning: Kierkegaard and The Exorcist 123

Ch12 We'll Turn the Light Out on Ya: Halloween, Sex, and Suburbia 128

Ch13 Forty Years and Still Guessing: Black Christmas and the Accidental Birth of the Slasher 132

Ch14 Confessions of a Battered Horror Fan: Dario Argento's Dracula 138

Television 142

Ch15 The 13 Scariest Horror TV Shows 143

Ch16 The 13 Scariest Made-for-TV Horror Films 158

Literature and Comic Books 169

Ch17 The 13 Horror Movie Adaptations That Are Better Than the Book 170

Ch18 The 13 Most Important H. P. Lovecraft Stories 189

Ch19 The 13 Most Lovecraftian Stories 202

Ch20 The 13 Most Ghastly Horror Comic Artists 215

Music 227

Ch21 The 13 Most Terrifying Horror Film Soundtracks 228

Ch22 The 13 Most Riotous Horror Bands/Musicians 239

Ch23 The UK Occult Sound Revival: An Overview 255

Selected Discographies 276

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