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Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture

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Movie audiences seem drawn, almost compelled, toward tales of the horrific and the repulsive. Partly because horror continues to evolve radically--every time the genre is deemed dead, it seems to come up with another twist--it has been one of the most often-dissected genres. Here, author Kendall Phillips selects ten of the most popular and influential horror films--includi ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Praeger (first published 2000)
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Bryan
Jul 12, 2008 Bryan rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent criticism of popular horror films by an damn good film scholar. What makes this book special is not only that it is talking about cool movies, but also that it remarkably accessibly to a wide variety of audience. You don't have to get a Ph.D from Penn State in Rhetorical Studies to understand how Phillips shows that these films resonate with particular cultural circumstances in the times of their release.
Jason
Feb 20, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I love the subject, I love the clear, concise writing and organization, and I love 8 of the 10 films discussed.

I would like to highly recommend this book especially to anyone who has ever asked me "how can you watch that crap" or "why would anyone WANT to be frightened?" Just like the creatures and killers that haunt their celluloid - horror films are not always what they seem.

And as much as a horror movie aficionado and fan I may be, I still learned a lot from this
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Steve Wiggins
Sep 09, 2016 Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It may seem like horror movies have been around forever, but they have a surprisingly short history. While Phillips does not pretend to be comprehensive (he chooses ten films on which to focus) he covers the history surprisingly well. Some would, of course, suggest substitutes for his choices of movies, but each is, in its own way, a classic of cinema in the field. I am glad to see that academics are coming to the point that they can address "low brow" culture seriously. Horror films are frequen ...more
Lyric
Jun 18, 2011 Lyric rated it it was amazing
A fascinating revelation of the fears that haunt American society. I have a better understanding of myself, my parents, my grandparents and American culture. Every film history class should read this book.
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Such a fascinating read! I'm now watching each movie as I move through the chapters and I highly recommend it. Interesting to watch how the horror genre evolved.
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