American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film

Gregory Albert Waller
University of Illinois Press, 1987 - 228 páginas
Since the release of Rosemary's Baby in 1968, the American horror film has become one of the most diverse, commercially successful, widely discussed, and culturally significant film genres. Drawing on a wide range of critical methods---from close textual readings and structuralist genre criticism to psychoanalytical, feminist, and ideological analyses---the authors examine individual films, directors, and subgenres.
In this collection of twelve essays, Gregory Waller balances detailed studies of both popular films (Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist, and Halloween) and particularly problematic films (Don't Look Now and Eyes of Laura Mars) with discussions of such central thematic preoccupations as the genre's representation of violence and female victims, its reflexivity and playfulness, and its ongoing redefinition of the monstrous and the normal.
In addition, American Horrors includes a filmography of movies and telefilms and an annotated bibliography of books and articles about horror since 1968.

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A study of both popular films and problematic films, representative of the genre's violence, female victims, its reflexivity and playfulness and its ongoing redefinition of the monstrous and the ... Ler resenha completa

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This book is a collection of essays written in the 70s and 80s about the modern American Horror film. It was a book that was on a reading list for one of my college classes that we hardly used, but I ... Ler resenha completa


Night of the Living Dead Its Not Like Just a Wind Thats Passing Through
The Trauma of Infancy in Roman Polanskis Rosemarys Baby
Seeing Is Believing The Exorcist and Dont Look Now
Eyes of Laura Mars A Binocular Critique
Returning the Look Eyes of a Stranger
The Stalker Film 197881
The Funhouse and The Howling
Through a Pumpkins Eye The Reflexive Nature of Horror
The Fallen Wonder of the World Brian De Palmas Horror Films
MadeforTelevision Horror Films
More Dark Dreams Some Notes on the Recent Horror Film
Bringing It All Back Home Family Economy and Generic Exchange
Annotated Bibliography
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