American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929

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McFarland, Jun 8, 2012 - Performing Arts - 830 pages
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During the Silent Era, when most films dealt with dramatic or comedic takes on the “boy meets girl, boy loses girl” theme, other motion pictures dared to tackle such topics as rejuvenation, revivication, mesmerism, the supernatural and the grotesque. A Daughter of the Gods (1916), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Magician (1926) and Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) were among the unusual and startling films containing story elements that went far beyond the realm of “highly unlikely.” Using surviving documentation and their combined expertise, the authors catalog and discuss these departures from the norm in this encyclopedic guide to American horror, science fiction and fantasy in the years from 1913 through 1929.
 

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User Review  - Thomas64 - LibraryThing

A detailed overview of silent-era horror, fantasy, and sci-fi movies which covers classic silent films as well as turkeys. The coverage also includes a wide variety of lost films. The authors also ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrsfiskeandco - LibraryThing

A 9x11" 810 page two volume set, the authors clearly set out to write the definitive work on American horror and fantasy films in the silent era and have admirably suceeded. Each film profiled in the ... Read full review

Contents

Volume 2
424
Appendix of Tangential Films
685
Bibliography
779

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John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Denver, Colorado. Henry Nicolella, of Syracuse, New York, retired from a ministry of working for the homeless. Software developer Steve Joyce lives in Marietta, Georgia. Georgia. Harry H Long lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He reviews DVDs for the Lebanon Daily News and is editor of two magazines: Scarlet: The Film Magazine and Van Helsing's Journal. Bill Chase is a library assistant at the Cleveland Public Library and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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