A history of horror /

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Author / Creator:Dixon, Wheeler W., 1950-
Imprint:New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Description:1 online resource (xi, 248 pages) : illustrations
Series:UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Subject:Horror films -- History and criticism.
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
Horror films.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11122514
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Notes:Includes webography, bibliographical references, and filmography (pages 211-222) and index.
Print version record.
Summary:Ever since horror leapt from popular fiction to the silver screen in the late 1890s, viewers have experienced fear and pleasure in exquisite combination. Wheeler Winston Dixon's A History of Horror is the only book to offer a comprehensive survey of this ever-popular film genre. Arranged by decades, with outliers and franchise films overlapping some years, this one-stop sourcebook unearths the historical origins of characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman and their various incarnations in film from the silent era to comedic sequels. A History of Horror explores how the horror f.
Other form:Print version: Dixon, Wheeler Winston. A History of Horror. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, ©2010 9780813547954
Standard no.:9786613383266
Review by Choice Review

Because of his large, solid, and varied collection of work, Dixon (Univ. of Nebraska) is recognized as an eminent film scholar. The current title is an impressive addition to his oeuvre. Dixon packs so much information into the book that one can hardly believe it runs to only a few more than 200 pages. But the information does not overwhelm. Starting with the first film that could possibly be categorized as horror, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895), the author follows the history and development of the horror film to such recent work as Shutter Island and Twilight. Along the way he discusses the major trends in the genre. The book is excellent for beginners, but Dixon provides enough obscure information to interest those familiar with the genre. For example, he describes how Conrad Veidt's character in The Man Who Laughs (1928) became the inspiration for the character of the Joker in the Batman comics. This book certainly has solid scholarship, but it is also a book that once picked up is hard to put down. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. L. J. Larson Our Lady of the Lake University

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