Defining Cult Movies: The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Tastes

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Mark Jancovich
Manchester University Press, Nov 8, 2003 - Performing Arts - 244 pages
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This collection concentrates on the analysis of cult movies, how they are defined, who defines them and the cultural politics of these definitions. The definition of the cult movie relies on a sense of its distinction from the "mainstream" or "ordinary." This also raises issues about the perception of it as an oppositional form of cinema, and of its strained relationships to processes of institutionalization and classification. In other words, cult movie fandom has often presented itself as being in opposition to the academy, commercial film industries and the media more generally, but has been far more dependent on these forms than it has usually been willing to admit. The international roster of essayists range over the full and entertaining gamut of cult films from Dario Argento, Spanish horror and Peter Jackson's New Zealand gorefests to sexploitation, kung fu and sci-fi flicks.
  

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Contents

teaching bad movies to good
14
The masculinity of cult Joanne Hollows
35
from fanboys to academic
54
Spanish horror and the flight from art cinema 196773
71
Peter Jacksons
84
topicality and controversy
109
The Argento effect Peter Hutchings
127
the films
142
stardom performance
157
stardom femininity
172
ownership exclusion
185
Art exploitation underground Mark Betz
202
Midnight sexhorror movies and the downtown
223
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Mark Jancovich is Reader and Director of the Institute of Film Studies at the University of Nottingham. Antonio Lazaro Reboll is Lector in Hispanic Studies at the University of Nottingham. Julian Stringer is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Nottingham. Andrew Willis is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at the University of Salford.

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