A Companion to the Horror Film

A Companion to the Horror Film

By: Harry M. Benshoff (editor)Hardback

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This cutting-edge collection features original essays by eminent scholars on one of cinema's most dynamic and enduringly popular genres, covering everything from the history of horror movies to the latest critical approaches. Contributors include many of the finest academics working in the field, as well as exciting younger scholars Varied and comprehensive coverage, from the history of horror to broader issues of censorship, gender, and sexuality Covers both English-language and non-English horror film traditions Key topics include horror film aesthetics, theoretical approaches, distribution, art house cinema, ethnographic surrealism, and horror's relation to documentary film practice A thorough treatment of this dynamic film genre suited to scholars and enthusiasts alike

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Harry M. Benshoff is Professor of Radio, TV, and Film at the University of North Texas, USA. His research interests include topics in film genre, film history, film theory, and multiculturalism. The author of several books on cinema, he is best known for work that explores sexuality in relation to the horror film, including Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (1997). He is also co-author of Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America (2006), and America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies, Second edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2009).


Author Biography ix Preface xv Harry M. Benshoff Part I Approaches and Contexts 1 1 Cognitive and Philosophical Approaches to Horror 3 Aaron Smuts 2 Horror and Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Primer 21 Chris Dumas 3 Gender and Sexuality Haunts the Horror Film 38 Daniel Humphrey 4 The Horror Film as Social Allegory (And How it Comes Undone) 56 Christopher Sharrett 5 Avenging the Body: Disability in the Horror Film 73 Travis Sutton 6 Horror Reception/Audiences 90 Matt Hills 7 A's, B's, Quickies, Orphans, and Nasties: Horror Films in the Context of Distribution and Exhibition 109 Kevin Heffernan 8 Horror and the Censors 130 Julian Petley Part II The Form of Horror 149 9 Carl Dreyer's Corpse: Horror Film Atmosphere and Narrative 151 Robert Spadoni 10 Horror Sound Design 168 William Whittington 11 Mellifluous Terror: the Discourse of Music and Horror Films 186 Joe Tompkins Part III A History of the (Western) Horror Film 205 12 Horror Before "The Horror Film" 207 Harry M. Benshoff 13 Classical Hollywood Horror 225 John E. Browning 14 Horror in the 1940s 237 Mark Jancovich 15 Science Fiction and Horror in the 1950s 255 Steffen Hantke 16 The Gothic Revival (1957-1974) 273 Rick Worland 17 International Horror in the 1970s 292 Peter Hutchings 18 Slasher Films and Gore in the 1980s 310 James Kendrick 19 Millennial Fears: Abject Horror in a Transnational Context 329 Adam C. Hart 20 Torture Porn: 21st Century Horror 345 Isabel C. Pinedo Part IV Selected International Horror Cinemas 363 21 Spanish Horror Cinema 363 Ian Olney 22 The Return of the Rural Repressed: Italian Horror and the Mezzogiorno Giallo 390 Xavier Mendik 23 Recent Trends in Japanese Horror Cinema 406 Jay McRoy 24 South Korean Horror Cinema 423 Daniel Martin 25 Sisterhood of Terror: The Monstrous Feminine of Southeast Asian Horror Cinema 442 Andrew Hock Soon Ng Part V Selected Archetypes, Hybrids, and Crossovers 461 26 Vampires and Transnational Horror 463 Dale Hudson 27 Trash Horror and the Cult of the Bad Film 483 I. Q. Hunter 28 "Moody Three:" Revisiting Ken Russell's The Devils 501 Joan Hawkins 29 Horror's Otherness and Ethnographic Surrealism: The Case of The Shout 519 Adam Lownstein 30 The Documentary Impulse and Reel/Real Horror 536 Caroline Joan S. Picart Index 555

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/09/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780470672600
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780470672600
  • weight: 1330
  • ISBN10: 0470672609

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