Unruly Pleasures: The Cult Film and Its Critics

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Xavier Mendik, Graeme Harper
FAB Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 253 pages
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Whether defined through genres such as horror, science fiction, pornography or camp musical, the cult film has come to attain an important place in cinema culture. This is one of the first volumes dedicated to the critical consideration of cult movie making from the margins to the mainstream. In a series of innovative articles by leading film critics and theorists, the book deals with aspects of the medium including the cult film's definitions, genres, film styles and gender depictions. Chapters include - The Rocky Horror Show & Starship Troopers: Radical Messages In Cult Cinema; Squirting And Gushing: The Female Body In Hardcore Porn; Enter The Dragon: Kung-Fu cult Movie; Cult As Hysteria: the Impact Of The Exorcist; From Dusk Till Dawn And Contemporary Cult Viewing; Showgirls: Fandom And Cult Experiences.....and a whole lot more...

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Xavier Mendik is director of the Cult Film Archive, Northampton, UK, and general editor of the AlterImage series. Ernest Mathijs is lecturer in film studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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