Celluloid Vampires Life after Death in the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0292716966

ISBN-13: 9780292716964

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stacey Abbott

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In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Meacute;liegrave;s brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable . The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in fact, today more people become acquainted with the vampire through film than through literature, such as Bram Stoker's classic Dracula . How has this long legacy of celluloid vampires affected our understanding of vampire mythology? And how has the vampire morphed from its folkloric and literary origins? In this entertaining and absorbing work, Stacey Abbott challenges the conventional interpretation of vampire mythology and argues that the medium of film has completely reinvented the vampire archetype. Rather than representing the primitive and folkloric, the vampire has come to embody the very experience of modernity. No longer in a cape and coffin, today's vampire resides in major cities, listens to punk music, embraces technology, and adapts to any situation. Sometimes she's even female. With case studies of vampire classics such as Nosferatu , Martin , Blade , and Habit , the author traces the evolution of the American vampire film, arguing that vampires are more than just blood-drinking monsters; they reflect the cultural and social climate of the societies that produce them, especially during times of intense change and modernization. Abbott also explores how independent filmmaking techniques, special effects makeup, and the stunning and ultramodern computer-generated effects of recent films have affected the representation of the vampire in film.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Introduction: A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun
Bram Stoker's Dracula from Novel to Film
Dracula: A Wonder of the Modern World
The Cinematic Spectacle of Vampirism: Nosferatu in the Light of New Technology
From Hollywood Gothic to Hammer Horror: The Modern Evolution of Dracula
The Birth of the Modern American Vampire
The Seventies: The Vampire Decade
George Romero's Martin: An American Vampire
Walking Corpses and Independent Filmmaking Techniques
Special Makeup Effects and Exploding Vampires
Reconfiguring the Urban Vampire
New York and the Vampire Flaneuse
Vampire Road Movies: From Modernity to Postmodernity
Los Angeles: Fangs, Gangs, and Vampireland
Redefining Boundaries
Vampire Cyborgs
Vampires in a Borderless World
Selected Bibliography
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