Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 30, 2009 - Performing Arts - 255 pages
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Fun and fright have long been partners in the cinema, dating back to the silent film era and progressing to the Scary Movie franchise and other recent releases. This guide takes a comprehensive look at the comedy-horror movie genre, from the earliest stabs at melding horror and hilarity during the nascent days of silent film, to its full-fledged development with The Bat in 1926, to the Abbott and Costello films pitting the comedy duo against Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy and other Universal Studio monsters, continuing to such recent cult hits as Shaun of the Dead and Black Sheep. Selected short films such as Tim Burton's Frankenweenie are also covered. Photos and promotional posters, interviews with actors and a filmography are included.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 The Silents
5
2 The Thirties
15
3 The Forties
28
4 The Fifties
54
5 The Sixties
63
6 The Seventies
88
8 The Nineties
167
9 ComedyHorror in the New Millennium
193
Afterword
208
Appendix A
209
Appendix B
231
Bibliography
235
Index
237
Copyright

7 The Eighties
118

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About the author (2009)

Bruce G. Hallenbeck is a film director and contributing writer for such publications as Little Shoppe of Horrors, Cinefantastique, Femme Fatales, and many others. His films include The Drowned, Vampyre, Fangs and London After Midnight. He works at the New York State Library in Albany.

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