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Horror Film An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1405139021
ISBN-13: 9781405139021
Edition: 2006
Authors: Rick Worland
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Description: Combining historical narrative with close readings of several significant horror films, this brief volume offers a broad and lively introduction to cinematic horror. In doing so, it outlines and investigates important issues in the production,  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.05" long x 0.76" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Combining historical narrative with close readings of several significant horror films, this brief volume offers a broad and lively introduction to cinematic horror. In doing so, it outlines and investigates important issues in the production, consumption, and cultural interpretation of the genre. An ideal text for perennially popular courses on the horror film genre. Examines the ways in which horror movies have been produced, received, and interpreted by filmmakers, audiences, and critics, from the 1920s to the present. Provides a short historical introduction of the horror film as an orientation to the field. Analyses a wide variety of major works in the genre, including Frankenstein, Cat People, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Undying Monsters
A Short History of the Horror Film: Beginnings to 1945
A Short History of the Horror Film: 1945 to the Present
Monsters Among Us: Cases of Social Reception
Edges of the Horror Film: Lon Chaney, Tod Browning, and The Unknown (1927)
Frankenstein (1931) and Hollywood Expressionism
Cat People (1942): Lewton, Freud, and Suggestive Horror
Horror in "The Age of Anxiety": Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Slaughtering Genre Tradition: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Halloween (1978): The Shape of the Slasher Film
Re-Animator (1985) and Slapstick Horror
Demon Lover: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Afterword: Our Haunted Houses
Horror Auteurs
Notes
Index

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