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The Legacy of Richard Matheson’s

Stacey Abbott

in Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748694907
eISBN:
9781474426725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter traces the 21st century synergy between vampire and zombie back to Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend, a book that both reinvented the vampire story as science-fiction by ... More


The Plot of Usher: Rebuilding the House of Poe

Evert Jan van Leeuwen

in House of Usher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325604
eISBN:
9781800342361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325604.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a structural analysis of Edgar Allan Poe's story and Richard Matheson's script to highlight House of Usher's (1960) fidelity to Poe's original. ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ ... More


The Height of the Verne Cycle, 1960–1962

Brain Taves

in Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813161129
eISBN:
9780813165523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813161129.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The peak year of the Verne cycle was 1961, when four Hollywood Verne movies were released as well as several imports, along with television originals; never again would so many adaptations be ... More


Vampire Apocalypse: I Am Legend ()

Mathias Clasen

in Why Horror Seduces

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190666507
eISBN:
9780190666545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190666507.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Richard Matheson’s 1954 horror novel I Am Legend depicts the sole survivor of a vampire pandemic in his attempts to find companionship and meaning in a blasted apocalyptic world. Most literary ... More


The Last Man on Earth, or Film as Countdown

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on dates and countdowns in apocalyptic films. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) opens with a scrolling text that starts with “Early in the 21st century.” In the exposition that ... More


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