Horror Franchise Cinema

Horror Franchise Cinema

Author: Mark McKenna

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429593840

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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This book explores horror film franchising from a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives and considers the horror film’s role in the history of franchising and serial fiction. Comprising 12 chapters written by established and emerging scholars in the field, Horror Franchise Cinema redresses critical neglect toward horror film franchising by discussing the forces and factors governing its development across historical and contemporary terrain while also examining text and reception practices. Offering an introduction to the history of horror franchising, the chapters also examine key texts including Universal Studio monster films, Blumhouse production films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, I Spit on Your Grave, Let the Right One In, Italian zombie films, anthology films, and virtual reality. A significant contribution to studies of horror cinema and film/media franchising from the 1930s to the present day, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of film studies, media and cultural studies, franchise studies, political economy, audience/reception studies, horror studies, fan studies, genre studies, production cultures, and film histories.

Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema

Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema

Author: Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498503808

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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The 1940s is a lost decade in horror cinema, undervalued and written out of most horror scholarship. This book deconstructs persistent scholarly discourse by re-evaluating the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors of 1940s horror cinema to recover a decade of horror.

Historical Dictionary of American Cinema

Historical Dictionary of American Cinema

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538130124

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 654

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One of the most powerful forces in world culture, American cinema has a long and complex history that stretches through more than a century. This history not only includes a legacy of hundreds of important films but also the evolution of the film industry itself, which is in many ways a microcosm of the history of American society. Historical Dictionary of American Cinema, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 600 cross-referenced entries covering people, films, companies, techniques, themes, and subgenres that have made American cinema such a vital part of world culture.

Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions

Author: Todd K. Platts

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786838643

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Blumhouse Productions is the first book that systematically examines the corpus of Blumhouse’s cinematic output. Individual chapters written by emerging and established scholars consider thematic trends across Blumhouse films, such as the use of found footage, haunted bodies/haunted houses, and toxic masculinity. Blumhouse’s business strategies and funding model are considered – including the company’s high-profile franchises Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day, and Halloween – alongside such key standalone films as Get Out and Black Christmas, and nonhorror films like BlackKklansman. Taken together, the chapters provide a thorough primer for one of the most significant drivers behind the contemporary resurgence of horror cinema.

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538102442

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 446

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The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema traces the development of the genre from its beginnings to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries.

The Cinema of James Wan

The Cinema of James Wan

Author: Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476643328

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

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An auteur and the creator of multiple cinematic universes, James Wan has become one of the most successful directors in history, his films breaking box office records worldwide. Yet there is little scholarship on Wan's work. This collection of new essays fills the gap with contributions from around the globe offering analysis of his film and television productions, including Saw (2004), Aquaman (2018) and The Conjuring Universe franchise, along with less well-known works like Death Sentence (2007), Dead Silence (2007) and his pilot for the new MacGyver series. For the first time, Wan's films are explored in-depth from wide range of critical perspectives.

Found Footage Horror Films

Found Footage Horror Films

Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786470778

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre's stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube's popular rise in sparking the subgenre's recent renaissance.

Horror Films

Horror Films

Author: Colin Odell

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842433843

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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Horror is one of cinema's most disreputable genres. Frequently dismissed or reviled by critics, the horror film nevertheless provides a way of confronting our fears in a safe environment. Often subject to more cuts at the hands of the censor than a serial killer's razor, the horror film is also a benchmark, a sign of what's considered acceptable for the public to view and what the state will allow its citizens to see. But for the most part horror films are about entertainment, consistently profitable, eminently enjoyable. So what makes this genre so detested and why do people pay to be scared? The Kamera Book of Horror Films will take you on a journey into the realm of fear. From horror cinema's beginnings in the late 19th century to the latest splatter films, from the chills of the ghost film to the terror of the living dead there's more than enough to keep you awake at night. There's a whole world of terror to explore -- Spanish werewolves, Chinese vampires, Italian zombies, demons from Britain, killers in America, evil spirits in Japan. This book offers a guide to key films, directors and movements. Amongst the many discussed are the popular Dracula, Frankenstein, Scream, Halloween, The Sixth Sense, Ringu and Evil Dead, and the more unusual The Living Dead Girl, Rouge, Les Yeux sans Visage, Nang Nak and Black Cat. So join us on a gruesome and terrifying journey into the world of horror but don't dawdle, the last in line is always the first to get picked off...

Franchise Era

Franchise Era

Author: Fleury James Fleury

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474419239

Category: Digital media

Page: 336

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As Hollywood shifts towards the digital era, the role of the media franchise has become more prominent. This edited collection, from a range of international scholars, argues that the franchise is now an integral element of American media culture. As such, the collection explores the production, distribution and marketing of franchises as a historical form of media-making - analysing the complex industrial practice of managing franchises across interconnected online platforms. Examining how traditional media incumbents like studios and networks have responded to the rise of new entrants from the technology sector (such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google), the authors take a critical look at the way new and old industrial logics collide in an increasingly fragmented and consolidated mediascape.

Digital Space and Embodiment in Contemporary Cinema

Digital Space and Embodiment in Contemporary Cinema

Author: Jennifer Kirby

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000689365

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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Digital Space and Embodiment in Contemporary Cinema examines how contemporary cinema has represented and engaged with the experience of simultaneously inhabiting digital and material spaces (i.e. "composite spaces") in the context of the growing ubiquitousness of digital media and culture. Bringing together a range of key cinematic texts, the book examines how these films represent "composite space" by depicting – often subtly and without explicit reference to technology – what it feels like to live in a world of ubiquitous digital media. The book explores composite spaces through the striking use of elements like colour, symbolic graphics and music, and covers topics like: music as mediator between levels of experience/perception in visionary films such as ‘Sucker Punch’ (2011) and ‘Spring Breakers’ (2012); digital colour as an interface in films including ‘Under the Skin’ (2013); the integration of digital graphical elements drawn from game spaces into material spaces in films such as ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’ (2010) and ‘Nerve’ (2016); and films that take place on a computer screen including 2020’s widely discussed, Zoom-produced pandemic horror film ‘Host’. Through the close analysis of these films, the book offers fresh perspectives on conceptual issues of embodiment, digital agency and subjectivity. This book is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars in the fields of film studies, digital aesthetics and film theory, digital culture, and digital media.

Gender, Power, and Identity in The Films of Stanley Kubrick

Gender, Power, and Identity in The Films of Stanley Kubrick

Author: Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000772036

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 387

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This volume features a set of thought-provoking and long overdue approaches to situating Stanley Kubrick’s films in contemporary debates around gender, race, and age – with a focus on women’s representations. Offering new historical and critical perspectives on Kubrick’s cinema, the book asks how his work should be viewed bearing in mind issues of gender equality, sexual harassment, and abuse. The authors tackle issues such as Kubrick’s at times questionable relationships with his actresses and former wives, the dynamics of power, misogyny and miscegenation in his films, and auteur ‘apologism’, among others. The selection delineates these complex contours of Kubrick’s work by drawing on archival sources, engaging in close readings of specific films, and exploring Kubrick through unorthodox venture points. With an interdisciplinary scope and social justice-centered focus, this book offers new perspectives on a well-established area of study. It will appeal to scholars and upper-level students of film studies, media studies, gender studies, and visual culture, as well as to fans of the director interested in revisiting his work with a new perspective.