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The Slasher Film

Bryan Turnock

in Studying Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that of all the horror genre's many strands and variations, the original 'slasher' cycle of the 1970s and early 1980s remains the most disreputable and critically vilified, yet ... 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


Introduction

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview and a synopsis of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Halloween is an acknowledged horror classic, and one of the relatively few horror films added to ... More


First Blood: The Opening of Scream

Steven West

in Scream

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325277
eISBN:
9781800342248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325277.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the first character seen on screen in Wes Craven's Scream named Casey, portrayed by Drew Barrymore, in a sequence generally regarded as an arresting self-contained set piece. ... More


Scream

Steven West

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325277
eISBN:
9781800342248
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325277.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Wes Craven's Scream (1996) emerged at the point where the early Eighties American slasher cycle had effectively morphed into the post-Fatal Attraction trend for Hollywood thrillers that incorporated ... More


Hack n’ Slash: Halloween ()

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/9780190666507.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) kicked off the slasher film wave with its disturbing depiction of Michael Myers’s killing spree in a small American town. This chapter argues that Halloween’s ... More


The Blackest Eyes . . . The Devil’s Eyes: Horror’s First-Person Camerawork Part 1: Killer POV

Adam Charles Hart

in Monstrous Forms: Moving Image Horror Across Media

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190916237
eISBN:
9780190916275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190916237.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 refines the discussion of the sensational address and horror spectatorship by analyzing the first-person camerawork that I dub “Killer POV.” Killer POV—a subjective camera without a reverse ... More


Halloween

Murray Leeder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age — and some say ruined it, by ... More


Hannibal’s Precursors

Barry Forshaw

in Devil’s Advocates: The Silence of the Lambs

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733650
eISBN:
9781800342071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733650.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the other serial killers in the cinema before Hannibal Lecter. In 1959, the writer Robert Bloch was inspired by the gruesome case of the Wisconsin mass murderer Ed Gein, with ... More


Parenthood, Adolescence and Childhood Under the Knife

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines adolescence as a central theme in Halloween (1978) in a slightly different way, as invoking (and attempting to resolve) the rootlessness of adolescence in the Lost Generation. ... More


Monsters Everywhere: A Very Brief Overview of American Horror

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/9780190666507.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The chapter gives an outline of the history of American horror across media, from prehistoric roots to postmodern slasher films and horror videogames. A specifically American literary horror ... More


Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation

Paul Kahn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164382
eISBN:
9780231536028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164382.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book argues that philosophy must take up the fundamental concerns of love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith as they are found in contemporary culture. It demonstrates how this can be ... More


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