From Alien to When a Stranger Calls, many films are based on folklore or employ an urban legend element to propel the narrative. Films, Folklore and Urban Legends explores the convergence of folklore with popular cinema studies and focuses on the study of urban legends and how these narratives are used as inspiration for a number of films. Beginning with a general survey of the existing literature on folklore/film, this book addresses discourses of belief, how urban legends provide the organizing principle of some films, and how certain films "act out" or perform a legend.
Mikel J. Koven is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Worcester. He is the author of Blaxploitation Films (2001) and La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film (Scarecrow, 2006).
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: The Study of Folklore and Film Chapter 4 1. Folklore and Film Part 5 Part II: The Search for a Methodology Chapter 6 2. Based on Some Forgotten Lore: The Wicker Man, Frazer, and the Ancient Celts Chapter 7 3. Searching for Tale-Types and Motifs in the Zombie Film Chapter 8 4. Orality as Methodology for Understanding Vernacular Comedies and the Comic Corpse Part 9 Part III: Issues of Belief Chapter 10 5. Discourses of Belief in The X-Files Chapter 11 6. "Buzz Off!": The Killer Bee Movie as Modern Belief Narrative Part 12 Part IV: Urban Legends and Film Chapter 13 7. Studying the Urban Legend Film Chapter 14 8. The Slasher Film as Folkloristic Social Script Part 15 Part V: Ostension Chapter 16 9. Film and Ostension: The Case of Candyman Chapter 17 10. The Convergence of Folklore, Belief, and Popular Media: The Case of Most Haunted Part 18 Afterword Part 19 Filmography Part 20 Bibliography Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Author