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Planks of Reason : Essays on the Horror Film - Barry Keith Grant

Planks of Reason

Essays on the Horror Film

By: Barry Keith Grant (Editor), Christopher Sharrett (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780810850132
Number Of Pages: 432

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The original edition of Planks of Reason was the first academic critical anthology on horror. In retrospect, it appeared as a kind of homage to the _golden age_ of the American horror film, as this genre played an increasing role in film culture and American life. The original material represented the history of the genre through the early 1980s and is a crucial part of the book's value, then and now. The first edition helped legitimize academic writing on the horror genre by addressing breakthrough works of such directors as John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, David Cronenberg, and Wes Craven. This revised edition retains the spirit of the original, but also offers new takes on rediscovered classics and recent developments in the genre. In addition to reprinting 17 essays, including Robin Wood's _An Introduction to the American Horror Film,_ this revised edition features a new essay on the yuppie horror film by editor Barry Keith Grant, as well as an updated analysis of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by co-editor Christopher Sharrett. Other new essays focus on William Castle's The Tingler and Roger Corman's Pit and the Pendulum, and the recent wave of Japanese horror films. Contains more than 60 photos.

Industry Reviews

Originally published in 1984, this collection of essays remains relevant and informative for those seeking a broad overview of the genre....Grant and Sharrett provide a new introduction (it is twice the length of the previous one) and do an excellent job of summing up that state of horror film at the dawn of the new century....Recommended.--CHOICE

The mummy's poolp. 3
Faith and idolatry in the horror filmp. 20
Conditions of pleasure in horror cinemap. 36
The aesthetics of frightp. 50
The witch in film : myth and realityp. 63
Daughters of darkness : the lesbian vampire on filmp. 72
"Canyons of nightmare" : the Jewish horror filmp. 82
An introduction to the American horror filmp. 107
Eros and syphilization : the contemporary horror filmp. 142
Rich and strange : the yuppie horror filmp. 153
Enunciation and the production of horror in White zombiep. 173
King Kong : ape and essencep. 212
The comic and the grotesque in James Whale's Frankenstein filmsp. 240
Film, society, and ideas : Nosferatu and Horror of Draculap. 255
Ritual, tension, and relief : the terror of The tinglerp. 265
AIP's Pit and the pendulum : Poe as drive-in gothicp. 283
The idea of apocalypse in The texas chainsaw massacrep. 300
Archetypal landscapes and Jawsp. 321
Biological alchemy and the films of David Cronenbergp. 333
The enemy within : the economy of violence in The hills have eyesp. 346
Halloween : suspense, aggression, and the lookp. 356
Demons in the family : tracking the Japanese "uncanny mother film" from A page of madness to Ringup. 370
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ISBN: 9780810850132
ISBN-10: 0810850133
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st January 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 16.71  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: Revised

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