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The Gothic Impulse – Frankenstein

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in The Films of Terence Fisher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325345
eISBN:
9781800342279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter cites The Curse of Frankenstein, which was a ground-breaking film that was brought together for the first time by the key members of the Hammer horror team. It recounts how Terrence ... More


The Film and its Critics

Marcus K. Harmes

in Devil’s Advocates: The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter gives a detailed summary of the events in the film, and discusses the techniques and devices it employs to tell the story. It describes how Terence Fisher, the director of The Curse of ... More


Hammer – Studio as Auteur

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how Hammer became the most important and influential makers of genre cinema, and how their rise to fame was accompanied by violent criticism. It points out that Terence ... More


The Book: Adapting Shelley

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses some of the deviations of the film from Mary Shelley's novel. It discusses how it was necessary for Hammer to condense plot, characters, and dialogue in order to create ... More


Cinema Part 2: Heritage and Horror

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses The Curse of Frankenstein as a hybrid, adapting from a novel but by no means suggesting that the film is subordinate to the literature. The film instead sits in the trajectory ... More


Adapting and Transgressing

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes The Curse of Frankenstein as 'transgressive adaptation', where the source selected for adaptation is ultimately a foundation for later deviation away from the original. The ... More


Cinema Part 1: Horror before Hammer

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the influences of earlier gothic works on the making of The Curse of Frankenstein. It describes the use of the uncanny, or the appearance of things, objects, situations or ... More


Introduction

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein as a visible and important cinematic commodity, despite predictions from film critics that it would debase civilisation. The chapter ... More


The Curse of Frankenstein

Marcus K. Harmes

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Critics abhorred it, audiences loved it, and Hammer executives were thrilled with the box office returns: The Curse of Frankenstein was big business. The 1957 film is the first to bring together in a ... More


The Gothic Impulse – Vampirism

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in The Films of Terence Fisher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325345
eISBN:
9781800342279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses how Terrence Fisher's and Hammer Studios's use of a mechanistic medium to distribute film mirrors the use of the printing press to first publish the “Penny Dreadfuls” in ... More


Hammer After the ‘X’

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses how the success of The Quatermass Xperiment (1953), despite, or because of its X rating, enabled Hammer Films to test the British Board of Film Censors' (BBFC) boundaries of ... More


Conclusion

Marcus K. Harmes

in The Curse of Frankenstein

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733858
eISBN:
9781800342170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter iterates the arguments set forth in the previous chapters. It talks about the film as an adaptation of multiple sources. Though there were a few fundamental components from Mary ... More


The Apprentice

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in The Films of Terence Fisher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325345
eISBN:
9781800342279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides a background on Terence Fisher's career that is regarded by most as that of a journeyman director and by French critics that argued that Fisher was a master filmmaker since the ... More


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