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The Horror Film : Inside Film - Peter Hutchings

The Horror Film

Inside Film

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780582437944
Number Of Pages: 256

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The Horror Film is an in-depth exploration of one of the most consistently popular, but also most disreputable, of all the mainstream film genres. Since the early 1930s there has never been a time when horror films were not being produced in substantial numbers somewhere in the world and never a time when they were not being criticised, censored or banned. The Horror Film engages with the key issues raised by this most contentious of genres. It considers the reasons for horror's disreputability and seeks to explain why despite this horror has been so successful. Where precisely does the appeal of horror lie?

An extended introductory chapter identifies what it is about horror that makes the genre so difficult to define. The chapter then maps out the historical development of the horror genre, paying particular attention to the international breadth and variety of horror production, with reference to films made in the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and elsewhere.

Subsequent chapters explore:

  • The role of monsters, focusing on the vampire and the serial killer.
  • The usefulness (and limitations) of psychological approaches to horror.
  • The horror audience: what kind of people like horror (and what do other people think of them)?
  • Gender, race and class in horror: how do horror films such as Bride of Frankenstein, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Blade relate to the social and political realities within which they are produced?
  • Sound and horror: in what ways has sound contributed to the development of horror?
  • Performance in horror: how have performers conveyed fear and terror throughout horror's history?
  • 1970s horror: was this the golden age of horror production?
  • Slashers and post-slashers: from Halloween to Scream and beyond.

The Horror Film throws new light on some well-known horror films but also introduces the reader to examples of noteworthy but more obscure horror work. A final section provides a guide to further reading and an extensive bibliography. Accessibly written, The Horror Film is a lively and informative account of the genre that will appeal to students of cinema, film teachers and researchers, and horror lovers everywhere.

Prefacep. vii
List of photographsp. ix
Defining horrorp. 1
A world of monstersp. 34
All in the mind? The psychology of horrorp. 55
Terror in the aisles: horror's audiencesp. 77
Dealing with differencep. 96
The sounds of horrorp. 127
Performing horrorp. 148
Modern horror and the 1970sp. 169
Slashers and post-slashersp. 192
Further readingp. 218
Bibliographyp. 220
Filmographyp. 226
Indexp. 235
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780582437944
ISBN-10: 0582437946
Series: Inside Film
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.7  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1