Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing

ISBN-10: 0520275128

ISBN-13: 9780520275126

Edition: 2013

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Description: Since the mid-1980s, US audiences have watched the majority of movies they see on a video platform, be it VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, Video On Demand, or streaming media. Annual video revenues have exceeded box office returns for over twenty-five years. In short, video has become the structuring discourse of US movie culture.Killer Tapes and Shattered Screensexamines how prerecorded video reframes the premises and promises of motion picture spectatorship. But instead of offering a history of video technology or reception, Caetlin Benson-Allott analyzes how the movies themselves understand and represent the symbiosis of platform and spectator. Through case studies and close readings that blend industry history with apparatus theory, psychoanalysis with platform studies, and production history with postmodern philosophy,Killer Tapes and Shattered Screensunearths a genealogy of post-cinematic spectatorship in horror movies, thrillers, and other exploitation genres. FromNight of the Living Dead(1968) throughParanormal Activity(2009), these movies pursue their spectator from one platform to another, adapting to suit new exhibition norms and cultural concerns in the evolution of the video subject.

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Opening Up to Home Video
Distributing the Dead: Video Spectatorship in the Movies of George A. Romero
Addressing the "New Flesh": Videodrome's Format War
Reprotechnophobia: Putting an End to Analog Abjection with The Ring
Going, Going, Grindhouse: Simulacral Cinematicity and Postcinematic Spectatorship
Paranormal Spectatorship: Faux Footage Horror and the P2P Spectator
Conclusion: Power Play
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography, Videography, and Gameography
Index
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