American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film

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Gregory Albert Waller
University of Illinois Press, 1987 - Performing Arts - 228 pages
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Since the release of Rosemary's Baby in 1968, the American horror film has become one of the most diverse, commercially successful, widely discussed, and culturally significant film genres. Drawing on a wide range of critical methods, this title examines individual films, directors, and subgenres.

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This book is a collection of essays written in the 70s and 80s about the modern American Horror film. It was a book that was on a reading list for one of my college classes that we hardly used, but I ... Read full review


Night of the Living Dead Its Not Like Just a Wind Thats Passing Through
The Trauma of Infancy in Roman Polanskis Rosemarys Baby
Seeing Is Believing The Exorcist and Dont Look Now
Eyes of Laura Mars A Binocular Critique
Returning the Look Eyes of a Stranger
The Stalker Film 197881
The Funhouse and The Howling
Through a Pumpkins Eye The Reflexive Nature of Horror
The Fallen Wonder of the World Brian De Palmas Horror Films
MadeforTelevision Horror Films
More Dark Dreams Some Notes on the Recent Horror Film
Bringing It All Back Home Family Economy and Generic Exchange
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Page 7 - The true weird tale has something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains according to rule. A certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with a seriousness and portentousness becoming its subject, of that most terrible conception of the human brain — a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults...
Page 10 - ... a plethora of mysterious clues and a cast of likely suspects. Prom Night and Terror Train, in turn, have their analogues in the many recent detective films, including Sharky's Machine (1981), /, The Jury (1982), Endangered Species (1982), and Tightrope (1984), which match the detective against the monstrous opponent who seems to be an interloper from the realm of horror. As Leo Braudy puts it, 'Understanding the appeal of horror films these days is crucial to understanding films in general because...

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Gregory A. Waller is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, University of Kentucky. He is author of "Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930 "(1995), which was awarded the Theater Library Association Award and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award of the Society for Cinema Studies for outstanding scholarship in film and media studies. The author's other publications include "American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film "(1987) and "The Living and the Undead: From Stoker's 'Dracula' to Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead' "(1986).

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