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Imprint:New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2004.
Description:1 online resource (vi, 272 pages)
Series:Rutgers depth of field series
Rutgers depth of field series.
Subject:Horror films -- History and criticism.
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Horror films.
Music, Dance, Drama & Film.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Prince, Stephen, 1955- editor.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:In this volume, Stephen Prince has collected essays reviewing the history of the horror film and the psychological reasons for its persistent appeal, as well as discussions of the developmental responses of young adult viewers and children to the genre. The book focuses on recent postmodern examples such as The Blair Witch Project. In a daring move, the volume also examines Holocaust films in relation to horror. Part One features essays on the silent and classical Hollywood eras. Part Two covers the postWorld War II era and discusses the historical, aesthetic, and psychological charact.
Other form:Print version: Horror film. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2004 0813533627
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Prince (Virginia Tech) has compiled 13 essays that explore the history of the horror genre, its changing iconology, and its general social and psychological appeal. Including contributions by David Skal, Steven Jay Schneider, and Mary Beth Oliver, the book is divided into two parts. The four essays that make up the first section, "The Silent and Classical Hollywood Eras," offer historical examinations of the genre in relation to its European roots and its growth into a Hollywood staple. The essays in the second section, "The Modern Era," cover subjects ranging from horror's postmodern elements to the appeal of horror and suspense. Of special note in this latter section is Mikita Brottman's essay "Mondo Horror: Carnivalizing the Taboo," which examines how mondo horror--documentaries presenting sensational graphic material--fits into the overall horror canon. Offering a variety of insights into the horror genre and a concise and interesting examination of its development to date, this volume will be a good resource for those interested in film genre. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. F. Winstead Our Lady of the Lake University

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