Remaking Horror: Hollywood's New Reliance on Scares of Old

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McFarland, Jan 11, 2013 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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This book chronicles the American horror film genre in its development of remakes from the 1930s into the 21st century. Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) is investigated as the watershed moment when the genre opened its doors to the possibility that any horror movie--classic, modern, B-movie, and more--might be remade for contemporary audiences. Staple horror franchises--Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)--are highlighted along with their remake counterparts in order to illustrate how the genre has embraced a phenomenon of remake productions and what the future of horror holds for American cinema. More than 25 original films, their remakes, and the movies they influenced are presented in detailed discussions throughout the text.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Value of Horror
9
The Last Bastion of Fear and Storytelling in American Cinema
19
When Holidays Gave Meaning to Horror
33
Superstition Brought Universal Appeal
48
The Safety of Sleep Was Violated
60
6 Remake Central
77
Industry Professionals Riff About the State of Horror
146
8 Whats to Come
164
Conclusion
175
Remake Catalog 19312013
183
Works Cited
193
Index
209
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James Francis, Jr., teaches English literature and composition at Middle Tennessee State University, and is an internationally-published portrait, fashion and art photographer. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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