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The Horror Film: An Introduction

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Combining historical narrative with close readings of several significant horror films, this brief volume offers a broad and lively introduction to cinematic horror. In doing so, it outlines and investigates important issues in the production, consumption, and cultural interpretation of the genre.
An ideal text for perennially popular courses on the horror film genre.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Blackwell Publishers
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Heather Domin
This book gives fans and non-fans a comprehensive study of the horror genre: its roots in myth and folktale; its birth in 19th century gross-out theater; how viewers and critics have reacted to it over the years; how it connects with other genres; and how each wave reflects its time while still being part of the whole. After this the author chooses several films and examines them one by one to illustrate these points. The writing is smooth and accessible, academic but not ponderous, with just en ...more
We used this book for my summer session film class but I ended up reading the whole thing because I thought it was awesome. He breaks it up into two history sections beginning with the Grand Guignol and Melies' trick films and moving all the way up through 2007, the social impact of horror and why it's important and then a case by case study of some of the most famous/influential films, in his eyes. Lots of classics, lots of off the wall sleepers and B movies. It's well written and engaging; I d ...more
I actually read this book for class but it would be worth reading anyway. The book gives a very interesting history of the horror film and then goes on to analyze important films in more detail. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these types of movies or in film in general.
Mostly obvious, though someone had to get it all down.
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