Bright darkness: the lost art of the supernatural horror film

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Cassell P L C, 1997 - Performing Arts - 282 pages
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Bright Darkness explores and celebrates the supernatural horror film, concentrating on its 'golden age' from the earliest Universal talkies through Val Lewton's remarkable B movies produced for RKO in the 1940s, climaxing with an in-depth examination of Robert Wise's majestic The Haunting made in 1963. Through detailed analysis of individual films, examining how they came to be made, how they work and how they fit into the context of film history, Bright Darkness illuminates the developing complexities of themes, styles and techniques, identifying their often-overlooked influence on mainstream cinema, pointing out some surprising similarities between movies as respectable as Citizen Kane and Hitchcock's Vertigo, and some of their less celebrated genre antecedents

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Contents

From the Land
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The Piss Hits the Carpet
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They Creep by Night
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About the author (1997)

Dyson divides his time between writing fiction, comedy, and film scripts.

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