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Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Mark Bernard

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book explores the role of the DVD market in the growth of ultraviolent horror in the 2000s and assesses how the emergence of the market changed cultural and industrial attitudes to horror films ... More


Introducing the Splat Pack

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter introduces the reader to the Splat Pack, a group of contemporary horror film-makers such as Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Neil Marshall, and Alexandre Aja. It examines how mainstream media hyped ... More


The DVD Revolution and the Horror Film, Take One: From Trash to Art to Collectable

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how DVD has changed attitudes towards horror films and the types of horror films that can be widely distributed. More specifically, it considers how DVDs — with their ‘Special ... More


Seriality, Subjectivity and New Media: Consuming the Saw Series

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the Saw films as they appear on DVD and how they differ from other horror films. American journalists often included the creative minds of the Saw series — James Wan, Leigh ... More


The DVD Revolution and the Horror Film, Take Two: Rise of the ‘Unrated’

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how DVD led to the mainstreaming of once marginal ‘Unrated’ horror films. It looks at the emergence of the Splat Pack films after an industrial change in ratings policy. During ... More


Scars, Both Material and Cyber: Haute Tension and The Descent on DVD

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines two horror films made by Splat Pack directors and released on DVD: Alexandre Aja's Haute Tension (released in France in 2003 and as High Tension in the United States in 2005) ... More


Text, Subtext and the Story of the Film: Eli Roth’s Hostel and Hostel: Part II on DVD

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how Splat Pack director Eli Roth uses the DVD format as a platform to shape audiences' interpretations of his films. Focusing on the DVD releases of his horror films Hostel and ... More


The ‘White Trash’ World of Rob Zombie: Class, Collecting and Slumming Spectators

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how Splat Pack director Rob Zombie utilises extra text to dramatise and narrativise the making of his horror films — that is, to collapse the ‘fiction’ of the film's narrative ... More


Introduction

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005). By the end of the millennium, it was easy to think that horror was a spent force. But by the middle of the 2000s, ... More


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