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A Companion to the Horror Film

  • ID: 3939840
  • Book
  • 608 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xiii

Part I Approaches and Contexts 1

1 Cognitive and Philosophical Approaches to Horror 3Aaron Smuts

2 Horror and Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Primer 21Chris Dumas

3 Gender and Sexuality Haunt the Horror Film 38Daniel Humphrey

4 The Horror Film as Social Allegory (And How it Comes Undone) 56Christopher Sharrett

5 Avenging the Body: Disability in the Horror Film 73Travis Sutton

6 Horror Reception/Audiences 90Matt Hills

7 A’s, B’s, Quickies, Orphans, and Nasties: Horror Films in the Context of Distribution and Exhibition 109Kevin Heffernan

8 Horror and the Censors 130Julian Petley

Part II The Form of Horror 149

9 Carl Dreyer’s Corpse: Horror Film Atmosphere and Narrative 151Robert Spadoni

10 Horror Sound Design 168William Whittington

11 Mellifluous Terror:The Discourse of Music and Horror Films 186Joe Tompkins

Part III A History of the (Western) Horror Film 205

12 Horror Before “The Horror Film” 207Harry M. Benshoff

13 Classical Hollywood Horror 225John Edgar Browning

14 Horror in the 1940s 237Mark Jancovich

15 Science Fiction and Horror in the 1950s 255Steffen Hantke

16 The Gothic Revival (1957–1974) 273Rick Worland

17 International Horror in the 1970s 292Peter Hutchings

18 Slasher Films and Gore in the 1980s 310James Kendrick

19 Millennial Fears: Abject Horror in a Transnational Context 329Adam Charles Hart

20 Torture Porn: 21st Century Horror 345Isabel C. Pinedo

Part IV Selected International Horror Cinemas 363

21 Spanish Horror Cinema 365Ian Olney

22 The Return of the Rural Repressed: Italian Horror and the Mezzogiorno Giallo 390Xavier Mendik

23 Recent Trends in Japanese Horror Cinema 406Jay McRoy

24 South Korean Horror Cinema 423Daniel Martin

25 Sisterhood of Terror:The Monstrous Feminine of Southeast Asian Horror Cinema 442Andrew Hock Soon Ng

Part V Selected Archetypes, Hybrids, and Crossovers 461

26 Vampires and Transnational Horror 463Dale Hudson

27 Trash Horror and the Cult of the Bad Film 483I. Q. Hunter

28 “MoodyThree”: Revisiting Ken Russell’s The Devils 501Joan Hawkins

29 Horror’s Otherness and Ethnographic Surrealism:The Case of The Shout 519Adam Lowenstein

30 The Documentary Impulse and Reel/Real Horror 536Caroline Joan S. Picart

Index 554

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Harry M. Benshoff
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