Horror Film and Affect Book

Horror Film and Affect


  • Author : Xavier Aldana Reyes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317748793

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Horror Film and Affect Excerpt :

This book brings together various theoretical approaches to Horror that have received consistent academic attention since the 1990s – abjection, disgust, cognition, phenomenology, pain studies – to make a significant contribution to the study of fictional moving images of mutilation and the ways in which human bodies are affected by those on the screen on three levels: representationally, emotionally and somatically. Aldana Reyes reads Horror viewership as eminently carnal, and seeks to articulate the need for an alternative model that understands the experience of feeling under corporeal threat as the genre’s main descriptor. Using recent, post-millennial examples throughout, the book also offers case studies of key films such as Hostel, [REC], Martyrs or Ginger Snaps, and considers contemporary Horror strands such as found footage or 3D Horror.

The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films Book

The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films


  • Author : Carl Royer
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136417993

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The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films Excerpt :

Go behind the scenes with an insightful look at horror films—and the directors who create them The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films: Dark Parades examines the work of several of the genre’s most influential directors and investigates how traditional themes of isolation, alienation, death, and transformation have helped build the foundation of horror cinema. Authors Carl and Diana Royer examine the techniques used by Alfred Hitchcock that place his work squarely in the horror (rather than suspense) genre, discuss avant-garde cinema’s contributions to mainstream horror, explore films that use the apartment setting as the “cell of horror,” and analyze how angels and aliens function as the supernatural “Other.” A unique resource for film students and film buffs alike, the book also examines Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy and the fusion of science, technology, and quasi-religious themes in David Cronenberg’s films. Instead of presenting a general overview of the horror genre or an analysis of a specific sub-genre, actor, or director, The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films offers an imaginative look at classic and contemporary horror cinema. The book examines Surrealist films such as Un Chien Andalou and Freaks, the connections among the concepts of voyeurism, paranoia, and alienation in films like Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby, Blue Velvet, and The Blair Witch Project; the use of otherworldly creatures in films such as The Prophecy, Dogma, and The Day The Earth Stood Still; and the films of directors George Romero, John Waters, and Darren Aronofsky, to name just a few. This unique book also includes an extensive A-to-Z filmography and a bibliography of writings on, and about, horror cinema from filmmakers, film critics, and film historians. The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films examines: “Body Doubles and Severed Hands”—the common ancestry of avant-garde “art” films and exploitation horror B-movies “And I Brought You Nightmare

Horror Film and Affect Book

Horror Film and Affect


  • Author : Xavier Aldana Reyes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317748786

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Horror Film and Affect Excerpt :

This book brings together various theoretical approaches to Horror that have received consistent academic attention since the 1990s – abjection, disgust, cognition, phenomenology, pain studies – to make a significant contribution to the study of fictional moving images of mutilation and the ways in which human bodies are affected by those on the screen on three levels: representationally, emotionally and somatically. Aldana Reyes reads Horror viewership as eminently carnal, and seeks to articulate the need for an alternative model that understands the experience of feeling under corporeal threat as the genre’s main descriptor. Using recent, post-millennial examples throughout, the book also offers case studies of key films such as Hostel, [REC], Martyrs or Ginger Snaps, and considers contemporary Horror strands such as found footage or 3D Horror.

Deleuze and Horror Film Book

Deleuze and Horror Film


  • Author : Anna Powell
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-03-24
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748628780

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Deleuze and Horror Film Excerpt :

Using Deleuze's work on art and film, Anna Powell argues that film viewing is a form of 'altered consciousness' and the experience of viewing horror film an 'embodied event'. The book begins with a critical introduction to the key terms in Deleuzian philosophy and aesthetics.

Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers Book

Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers


  • Author : Julian Hanich
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2011-02-09
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136991585

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Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers Excerpt :

Hanich looks at fear at the movies – its aesthetics, its experience and its pleasures--in this thought-provoking study. Looking at over 150 different films including Seven, Rosemary's Baby, and Silence of the Lambs, Hanich attempts to answer the paradox of why we enjoy films that thrill us, that scare us, that threaten us, that shock us –affects that we otherwise desperately wish to avoid.

Horror Film Book

Horror Film


  • Author : Steffen Hantke
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 1578066921

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Horror Film Excerpt :

Essays on the rise of the horror film and on how moviemakers package and promote fright

Horror Film Book

Horror Film


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2022-05-20
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1617034118

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A Place of Darkness Book

A Place of Darkness


  • Author : Kendall R. Phillips
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 9781477315514

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A Place of Darkness Excerpt :

Horror is one of the most enduringly popular genres in cinema. The term “horror film” was coined in 1931 between the premiere of Dracula and the release of Frankenstein, but monsters, ghosts, demons, and supernatural and horrific themes have been popular with American audiences since the emergence of novelty kinematographic attractions in the late 1890s. A Place of Darkness illuminates the prehistory of the horror genre by tracing the way horrific elements and stories were portrayed in films prior to the introduction of the term “horror film.” Using a rhetorical approach that examines not only early films but also the promotional materials for them and critical responses to them, Kendall R. Phillips argues that the portrayal of horrific elements was enmeshed in broader social tensions around the emergence of American identity and, in turn, American cinema. He shows how early cinema linked monsters, ghosts, witches, and magicians with Old World superstitions and beliefs, in contrast to an American way of thinking that was pragmatic, reasonable, scientific, and progressive. Throughout the teens and twenties, Phillips finds, supernatural elements were almost always explained away as some hysterical mistake, humorous prank, or nefarious plot. The Great Depression of the 1930s, however, constituted a substantial upheaval in the system of American certainty and opened a space for the reemergence of Old World gothic within American popular discourse in the form of the horror genre, which has terrified and thrilled fans ever since.

Horror Noire Book

Horror Noire


  • Author : Robin R Means Coleman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-03
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136942945

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From King Kong to Candyman, the boundary-pushing genre of the horror film has always been a site for provocative explorations of race in American popular culture. In Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890's to Present, Robin R. Means Coleman traces the history of notable characterizations of blackness in horror cinema, and examines key levels of black participation on screen and behind the camera. She argues that horror offers a representational space for black people to challenge the more negative, or racist, images seen in other media outlets, and to portray greater diversity within the concept of blackness itself. Horror Noire presents a unique social history of blacks in America through changing images in horror films. Throughout the text, the reader is encouraged to unpack the genre’s racialized imagery, as well as the narratives that make up popular culture’s commentary on race. Offering a comprehensive chronological survey of the genre, this book addresses a full range of black horror films, including mainstream Hollywood fare, as well as art-house films, Blaxploitation films, direct-to-DVD films, and the emerging U.S./hip-hop culture-inspired Nigerian "Nollywood" Black horror films. Horror Noire is, thus, essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how fears and anxieties about race and race relations are made manifest, and often challenged, on the silver screen.

The Canadian Horror Film Book

The Canadian Horror Film


  • Author : Gina Freitag
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442624047

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The Canadian Horror Film Excerpt :

From the cheaply made “tax-shelter” films of the 1970s to the latest wave of contemporary “eco-horror,” Canadian horror cinema has rarely received much critical attention. Gina Freitag and André Loiselle rectify that situation in The Canadian Horror Film with a series of thought-provoking reflections on Canada’s “terror of the soul,” a wasteland of docile damnation and prosaic pestilence where savage beasts and mad scientists rub elbows with pasty suburbanites, grumpy seamen, and baby-faced porn stars. Featuring chapters on Pontypool, Ginger Snaps, 1970s slasher films, Quebec horror, and the work of David Cronenberg, among many others, The Canadian Horror Film unearths the terrors hidden in the recesses of the Canadian psyche. It examines the highlights of more than a century of Canadian horror filmmaking and includes an extensive filmography to guide both scholars and enthusiasts alike through this treacherous terrain.

Horror Film and Psychoanalysis Book

Horror Film and Psychoanalysis


  • Author : Steven Jay Schneider
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-06-28
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 299
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139453684

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Horror Film and Psychoanalysis Excerpt :

Psychoanalytic theory has been the subject of attacks from philosophers, cultural critics and scientists who have questioned the cogency of its reasoning as well as the soundness of its premises. Nevertheless, when used to shed light on horror cinema, psychoanalysis in its various forms has proven to be a fruitful and provocative interpretative tool. This volume seeks to find the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical discussion of cinema in a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with interpretations of particular horror films and subgenres.

Horror after 9 11 Book

Horror after 9 11


  • Author : Aviva Briefel
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-24
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9780292742420

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Horror films have exploded in popularity since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many of them breaking box-office records and generating broad public discourse. These films have attracted A-list talent and earned award nods, while at the same time becoming darker, more disturbing, and increasingly apocalyptic. Why has horror suddenly become more popular, and what does this say about us? What do specific horror films and trends convey about American society in the wake of events so horrific that many pundits initially predicted the death of the genre? How could American audiences, after tasting real horror, want to consume images of violence on screen? Horror after 9/11 represents the first major exploration of the horror genre through the lens of 9/11 and the subsequent transformation of American and global society. Films discussed include the Twilight saga; the Saw series; Hostel; Cloverfield; 28 Days Later; remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, and The Hills Have Eyes; and many more. The contributors analyze recent trends in the horror genre, including the rise of 'torture porn,' the big-budget remakes of classic horror films, the reinvention of traditional monsters such as vampires and zombies, and a new awareness of visual technologies as sites of horror in themselves. The essays examine the allegorical role that the horror film has held in the last ten years, and the ways that it has been translating and reinterpreting the discourses and images of terror into its own cinematic language.

The Horror Film Book

The Horror Film


  • Author : Stephen Prince
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0813533635

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The Horror Film Excerpt :

Focusing on recent postmodern examples, this is a collection of essays reviewing the history of the horror film and the psychological reasons for its persistent appeal.

Affective Intensities and Evolving Horror Forms Book

Affective Intensities and Evolving Horror Forms


  • Author : Daniel Adam Daniel
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-03
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474456388

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Affective Intensities and Evolving Horror Forms Excerpt :

Horror cinema is a genre that is undergoing constant evolution, from the sub-genre of 'found footage,' to post-cinematic new media forms such as Youtube horror, horror video games and cinematic virtual reality horror. By investigating how these new forms alter the dynamics of spectatorship, this book charts how cinema's affective capacities have shifted in relation to these modifications in the forms of cinematic horror. It applies a rich theoretical synthesis of phenomenological and Deleuzian approaches to a number of case studies, including films like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and Creep as well as video games such as Alien: Isolation and new media forms such as Youtube horror and virtual reality horror.

Joss Whedon vs  the Horror Tradition Book

Joss Whedon vs the Horror Tradition


  • Author : Kristopher Karl Woofter
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-11-29
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786735416

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Although ostensibly presented as “light entertainment,” the work of writer-director-producer Joss Whedon takes much dark inspiration from the horror genre to create a unique aesthetic and perform a cultural critique. Featuring monsters, the undead, as well as drawing upon folklore and fairy tales, his many productions both celebrate and masterfully repurpose the traditions of horror for their own means. Woofter and Jowett's collection looks at how Whedon revisits existing feminist tropes in the '70s and '80s “slasher” craze via Buffy the Vampire Slayer to create a feminist saga; the innovative use of silent cinema tropes to produce a new fear-laden, film-television intertext; postmodernist reflexivity in Cabin in the Woods; as well as exploring new concepts on “cosmic dread” and the sublime for a richer understanding of programmes Dollhouse and Firefly. Chapters provide the historical context of horror as well as the particular production backgrounds that by turns support, constrain or transform this mode of filmmaking. Informed by a wide range of theory from within philosophy, film studies, queer studies, psychoanalysis, feminism and other fields, the expert contributions to this volume prove the enduring relevance of Whedon's genre-based universe to the study of film, television, popular culture and beyond.