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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue : The Evolution of the American Horror Film - Joseph Maddrey

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue

The Evolution of the American Horror Film

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What's weighing on Americans? Look to horror movies for your answer-they're one of the best measures of the American consciousness. From an early fascination with the Gothic, to the mutant horrors of the Atomic Age and alien enemies of the Cold War, to the inner demons of the psyche and the American Dream turned nightmare, the history of American horror films is a reflection of changing American cultural attitudes and values-and the fears that accompany them. This survey of the pivotal horror films produced in America examines the history of the genre as a reflection of cultural changes in the United States. It begins with an exploration of the origins of the genre, and follows its development until the present, using various films to document the evolution of Hollywood horror flicks and illustrate their cultural significance. The second part focuses on eight pivotal directors whose personal visions helped shape the genre-from early pioneers like Tod Browning and Alfred Hitchcock, to modern masters like John Carpenter and Wes Craven. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Prefacep. 1
American Gothic in Filmp. 3
You Must Become Caligari: German Expressionism and the Origins of Film Gothicp. 7
A New World of Gods and Monsters: Hollywood Studio Horrors of the 1930sp. 11
Shadow Play: Hitchcock, Film Noir and the Val Lewton Cyclep. 21
Bad Kids, Big Bugs, Body Snatchers and the Bombp. 30
The Monster Is Madness: Castle, Corman and California Gothicp. 39
Apocalypse America: The Modern Horror Filmp. 48
What the Fifty Foot Woman Did to the Incredible Shrinking Manp. 57
Selling the American Dream: The Postmodern Horror Film (Part I)p. 68
Old Monsters, New Flesh: The Postmodern Horror Film (Part II)p. 78
Reality Bites: The New American Film Gothicp. 87
Auteursp. 95
Tod Browning: Sideshowsp. 97
Alfred Hitchcock: Noir Townp. 104
Roger Corman: Counterculture and Creature Featuresp. 112
George A. Romero: The Fall of Camelotp. 122
John Carpenter: Space-Age Cowboysp. 131
Larry Cohen: Outside in Americap. 141
David Lynch: American Beauty?p. 151
Wes Craven: The New Mythsp. 162
Filmographyp. 173
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780786418602
ISBN-10: 0786418605
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 201
Published: 14th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.14  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.3