The Cinema of James Wan

The Cinema of James Wan

Author: Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476683355

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.

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.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781800343979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 121

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In 2013 an apparently simple, back-to-basics scary movie transformed horror cinema for the rest of the decade. Based on the allegedly true story of the Perron family haunting and subsequent investigation by ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring has to-date spawned six sequels and prequels, making up a Conjuring ‘universe’ that has taken over a billion dollars around the world. The New York Times called The Conjuring ‘a fantastically effective haunted-house movie’ which, following his earlier film Insidious, established director James Wan as a force in horror cinema. In this Devil’s Advocates, horror scholar Kevin Wetmore examines what elements in the film are truly terrifying, how the filmmakers’ claims of being based on a true story hold up against the actual history of the haunting and the Warrens, and the relationship between The Conjuring and the many films in its universe. Along the way this book also considers how games, toys and dolls play an important role in the series, offers a critique of gender roles in the films, and asks the question, what is actually ‘conjured’ in The Conjuring? The delightful result is an in-depth, close reading of a film that uses standard horror tropes masterfully to create a truly scary film.

Grappling with the Uncanniness of Time in the Post-Saw Horror Films of James Wan

Grappling with the Uncanniness of Time in the Post-Saw Horror Films of James Wan

Author: Cody H. Parish

Publisher:

ISBN: 1369203314

Category:

Page: 120

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Director James Wan, best known as a co-creator of Saw (2004), has a preoccupation with the uncanniness of time, as is evidenced by his post-Saw horror films, Dead Silence (2007), Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013), and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). In these films, Wan grapples with the uncanny and temporality in two ways: first, he spatially orients his signature red and black color palette in the mise-en-scene, the red of which cues his viewers to the return of a repressed past; and second, he creates uncanny doubles of iconic horror films by pastiching their narrative frameworks and elements, along with cinematography, which in turn produces the disruptive sense of deja vu for viewers who recognize the ghostly homage to "classic" horror cinema. Rather than critiquing the genre's past that haunts him, however, Wan uncritically reconstructs nostalgia-infused representations of the horror films from the neo-horror era that he admires. His post-Saw films therefore take part in a larger trend within horror cinema that I term nostalgia horror, a symptom of Americans' frustrations with the present cultural-historical moment that has given rise to a longing for the past. Wan's newest horror film, The Conjuring 2 (2016), displays the director's signature color palette, but further research is required to determine whether or not pastiche plays a role in constructing an uncanny temporal relationship to the past, and therefore whether or not this film adds another entry to the nostalgia horror trend Wan has thus far helmed.

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.

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 Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema

The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema

Author: Jessica Balanzategui

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048537792

Category: Art

Page:

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This book illustrates how global horror film images of children re-conceptualised childhood at the beginning of the twenty-first century, unravelling the child's long entrenched binding to ideologies of growth, futurity, and progress. The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema analyses an influential body of horror films featuring subversive depictions of children that emerged at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and considers the cultural conditions surrounding their emergence. The book proposes that complex cultural and industrial shifts at the turn of the millennium resulted in potent cinematic renegotiations of the concept of childhood. In these transnational films-largely stemming from Spain, Japan, and America-the child resists embodying growth and futurity, concepts to which the child's symbolic function is typically bound. By demonstrating both the culturally specific and globally resonant properties of these frightening visions of children who refuse to grow up, the book outlines the conceptual and aesthetic mechanisms by which long entrenched ideologies of futurity, national progress, and teleological history started to waver at the turn of the twenty-first century.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781800858084

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 147

View: 302

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In 2013 an apparently simple, back-to-basics scary movie transformed horror cinema for the rest of the decade. Based on the allegedly true story of the Perron family haunting and subsequent investigation by ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring has to-date spawned six sequels and prequels, making up a Conjuring ‘universe’ that has taken over a billion dollars around the world. The New York Times called The Conjuring ‘a fantastically effective haunted-house movie’ which, following his earlier film Insidious, established director James Wan as a force in horror cinema. In this Devil’s Advocates, horror scholar Kevin Wetmore examines what elements in the film are truly terrifying, how the filmmakers’ claims of being based on a true story hold up against the actual history of the haunting and the Warrens, and the relationship between The Conjuring and the many films in its universe. Along the way this book also considers how games, toys and dolls play an important role in the series, offers a critique of gender roles in the films, and asks the question, what is actually ‘conjured’ in The Conjuring? The delightful result is an in-depth, close reading of a film that uses standard horror tropes masterfully to create a truly scary film.

Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11

Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11

Author: Aaron Michael Kerner

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813575629

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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Saw, Hostel, The Devil’s Rejects: this wave of horror movies has been classed under the disparaging label “torture porn.” Since David Edelstein coined the term for a New York magazine article a few years after 9/11, many critics have speculated that these movies simply reflect iconic images, anxieties, and sadistic fantasies that have emerged from the War on Terror. In this timely new study, Aaron Kerner challenges that interpretation, arguing that “torture porn” must be understood in a much broader context, as part of a phenomenon that spans multiple media genres and is rooted in a long tradition of American violence. Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 tackles a series of tough philosophical, historical, and aesthetic questions: What does it mean to call a film “sadistic,” and how has this term been used to shut down critical debate? In what sense does torture porn respond to current events, and in what ways does it draw from much older tropes? How has torture porn been influenced by earlier horror film cycles, from slasher movies to J-horror? And in what ways has the torture porn aesthetic gone mainstream, popping up in everything from the television thriller Dexter to the reality show Hell’s Kitchen? Reflecting a deep knowledge and appreciation for the genre, Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 is sure to resonate with horror fans. Yet Kerner’s arguments should also strike a chord in anyone with an interest in the history of American violence and its current and future ramifications for the War on Terror.

The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin American Cinema

The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin American Cinema

Author: Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319972503

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

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The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin America proposes a cinematic cartography of contemporary Latin American horror films that take up the idea of the American continent as a space of radical otherness, or monstrosity, and use it for political purposes. The book explores how Latin American film directors migrate foreign horror tropes to create cinematographic horror hybrids that reclaim and transform monstrosity as a form of historical rewriting. By emphasizing the specificities of the Latin American experience, this book contributes to broad scholarship on horror cinema, at the same time connecting the horror tradition with contemporary discussions on violence, migration, fear of immigrants, and the rewriting of colonial discourses.

Selling the Splat Pack

Selling the Splat Pack

Author: Mark Bernard

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748685523

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The role of the DVD market in the growth of ultraviolent horror in the 2000s