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Introduction: They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To On the Rhetoric of Crisis and the Current State of American Horror Cinema

Steffen Hantke

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter, which begins by presenting a pessimist’s view of American horror films, suggests that over the last decade, starting from around the mid-1990s, the genre has fallen into a ... More


Teenage Traumata: Youth, Affective Politics, and the Contemporary American Horror Film

Pamela Craig and Martin Fradley

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter delineates the political and ideological issues surrounding teenage protagonists in horror films. Pointing to many films’ self-conscious and often politically astute articulation of ... More


How the Masters of Horror Master Their Personae: Self-Fashioning at Play in the Masters of Horror DVD Extras

Ben Kooyman

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Masters of Horror is a television anthology series that debuted on October 28, 2005, on U.S. cable network Showtime. Each season comprises thirteen self-contained hour-long episodes, each directed by ... More


“The Pound of Flesh which I Demand”: American Horror Cinema, Gore, and the Box Office, 1998–2007

Blair Davis and Kial Natale

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter challenges the validity of the widely held belief that American horror films, since the 1970s and 1980s, have grown consistently more violent and visually explicit. Using tools of ... More


Auteurdämmerung: David Cronenberg, George A. Romero, and the Twilight of the (North) American Horror Auteur

Craig Bernardini

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes the careers of David Cronenberg and George A. Romero, charting the evolution of two notable horror film auteurs from their origins in what the rhetoric of crisis has construed ... More


A Return to the Graveyard: Notes on the Spiritual Horror Film

James Kendrick

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the spiritual horror film. Taking as its point of departure the phenomenal box office success of The Sixth Sense and the cycle of American ghost stories it initiated, it ... More


The American Horror Film?: Globalization and Transnational U.S.-Asian Genres

Christina Klein

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the four different ways in which to look at the transnational dimensions of the contemporary horror film, paying particular attention to relations between Hollywood and its ... More


A (Post)Modern House of Pain: FearDotCom and the Prehistory of the Post-9/11 Torture Film

Reynold Humphries

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the graphic violence in director William Malone’s FearDotCom. It traces the film’s uneasy position between two modes of the fantastic, as well as its unfortunate release in ... More


Traumatic Childhood Now Included: Todorov’s Fantastic and the Uncanny Slasher Remake

Andrew Patrick Nelson

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a comparative analysis of a recent horror remake and its original by adapting the critical approach employed by the literary philosopher Tzvetan Todorov in his seminal 1970 ... More


American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Steffen Hantke (ed.)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Creatively spent and politically irrelevant, the American horror film is a mere ghost of its former self—or so goes the old saw from fans and scholars alike. Taking on this undeserved reputation, the ... More


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