The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror

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Wallflower Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 219 pages
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John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's film-making. The text's key strength is that it draws upon an international group of scholars offering a variety of expertise. Films discussed include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and its subsequent sequels, Escape from New York (1981), Escape from L.A.(1996), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Village of the Damned (1995) and Ghosts of Mars(2001). The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.

 

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Personally, I didn't enjoy this book. It was very scary and almost depressing. Me being a student at Julliard, New York. I found much to gruesome for my sensitive mind. But I don't personally enjoy horror. My room mate gave it to me. Im a transfer Student.
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Contents

John Carpenter and the Question of Genre
10
Authority and Identity in Carpenters Films
21
A Siege Mentality? Form and Ideology in Carpenters Early Siege Films
35
Fast and Cheap? The Film Music of John Carpenter
49
Carpenters Widescreen Style
66
Carpenter and the Gothic
78
Masculinity Kurt Russell and the Escape Films
107
Reflections on the CarpenterRussell Films
118
Carpenter and Maternal Authority
128
Repetition as Creative Nostalgia in the Films of
155
Filmography
180
Index
214
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About the author (2004)

Ian Conrich is senior lecturer in Film Studies at University of Surrey, Roehampton and is coeditor of seven books, including the forthcoming Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema. He has written extensively on the horror genre, with his work appearing in A Handbook to Gothic Literature, The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg, The Horror Film Reader, and British Horror Cinema.David Woods is senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the coeditor of New Zealand--A Pastoral Paradise? and he has contributed to Translation, Theory and Latin America: Dimensions of the Third Term and The Background to Critical Theory: From Kant to Levi-Strauss.

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