The Horror Film Reader

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Alain Silver, James Ursini
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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Containing essays from the 1950s alongside contemporary writing, this reader explores the development of the genre of the horror film from the days of the silent movie, right up to the end of the 20th century with consideration of films such as Scream 3.
 

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A collection of seminal essays on the horror film, some dating back to the 1950's, exploring the roots of the genre and its appeal. Ghoulies and Ghosties. Curtis Harrington, 1952. Val Lewton ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Seminal Essays
9
Horror Films
21
From Pleasure Castle to Libido Hotel
39
The Face of Horror
51
A Bloody New Wave in the United States
63
Polanski and Repulsion
77
From Voyeurism to Infinity
87
Is the Devil American? William Dieterles
129
Violence Women and Disability in Tod Brownings
151
Freud Lakoff
167
Georges Franju and
193
Freddy Krueger
223
What Rough Beast? Insect Politics and The Fly
237
Sex Drugs
269
Aviva Briefel and Sianne Ngai
305

the Illusion of Reality
95
New Perspectives
111

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About the author (2000)

Alain Silver and James Ursini are the authors of Film Noir: The Encyclopedia. Alain Silver is also the author of The Samurai Film, and co-author of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles (all available from Overlook).

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and the coauthor of fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. James Ursini has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the coauthors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. They both live in Santa Monica.

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