Horror Noir: Where Cinema's Dark Sisters Meet (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Oct 20, 2010 - Performing Arts - 310 pages
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This critical survey examines the historical and thematic relationships between two of the cinema's most popular genres: horror and film noir. The influence of 1930s- and 1940s-era horror films on the development of noir is detailed, with analyses of more than 100 motion pictures in which noir criminality and mystery meld with supernatural and psychological horror. Included are the films based on popular horror/mystery radio shows (The Whistler, Inner Sanctum), the works of RKO producer Val Lewton (Cat People, The Seventh Victim), and Alfred Hitchcock's psychological ghost stories. Also discussed are gothic and costume horror noirs set in the 19th century (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Hangover Square); the noir elements of more recent films; and the film noir aspects of the Hannibal Lecter movies and other serial-killer thrillers.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Horror and Fantasy Elements in Classic Films Noir
11
2 Horror Noir in the 1930s
30
3 The Val LewtonJacques Tourneur Noir Legacy
53
4 Horror Noir from Radioland
73
5 Monster Noir
93
6 Gothic and Costume Noir
115
9 Modern Horror Noir in the 1960s
186
10 Horror Noirs of the 1970s and 1980s
211
11 The Noir Horrors of Hannibal the Cannibal
237
12 The Mean Streets of Hell
254
Conclusion
277
Filmography
281
Chapter Notes
289
Bibliography
291

7 Horror Noir in the 1950s
145
8 Hitchcocks Psychological Ghosts and Doppelgangers
167

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About the author (2010)

Paul Meehan has also written on UFOs in cinema, and is a contributor to the Noir City Sentinel, the journal of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

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