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That Hideous Strength: A Specter Haunting Britain: Gothic Reenchantment on Planet Earth

Sanford Schwartz

in C. S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195374728
eISBN:
9780199871506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374728.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter addresses the final volume of the series, That Hideous Strength, which abandons “interplanetary romance” for a story modeled on the terrestrial “supernatural thrillers” of Lewis’s fellow ... More


Dario Argento

L. Andrew Cooper

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037092
eISBN:
9780252094385
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037092.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Commanding a cult following among horror fans, Italian film director Dario Argento is best known for his work in two closely related genres, the crime thriller and supernatural horror. In his four ... More


Memento

Claire Molloy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637713
eISBN:
9780748671007
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637713.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ambiguous, complex and innovative, Christopher Nolan's Memento has intrigued audiences and critics since the day of its release. Memento is the archetypal ‘puzzle film’, a noir thriller about a man ... More


M

Samm Deighan

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325772
eISBN:
9781800342422
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325772.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Fritz Lang's first sound feature, M (1931), is one of the earliest serial killer films in cinema history and laid the foundation for future horror movies and thrillers, particularly those with a ... More


The Thrill of the Nordic Kill: The Manhunt Movie in the Nordic Thriller

Rikke Schubart

in Nordic Genre Film: Small Nation Film Cultures in the Global Marketplace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780748693184
eISBN:
9781474412223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

‘This world’s divided into two kinds of people: The hunter and the hunted,’ big-game hunter Rainsford says in The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and self-assuredly continues, ‘Luckily, I’m a hunter. ... 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


Inception

David Carter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) is a difficult film to categorize. It partakes of various genres, blurring the distinctions between them. It is science fiction, but it does not contain many of ... More


Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Douglas Keesey

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Over the last five decades, the films of director Brian De Palma (b. 1940) have been among the biggest successes (The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible) and the most high-profile failures (The ... More


Crime and Horror Fiction

Torben Grodal

in Moving Pictures: A New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings, and Cognition

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159834
eISBN:
9780191673719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159834.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Crime fiction is a subgenre of canonical narratives. As a result of its narrative structure, it has a characteristic strong emphasis on cognitive control, compared with the typical canonical ... More


Le néo-polar: behind enemy lines

Jean-Pierre Manchette

in May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Society, Rethinking Representation

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198715153
eISBN:
9780191694929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715153.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses Black Exit to 68, which was the title of a collection of short stories about May by leading exponents of le roman noir and le polar, issued as part of the 20th anniversary ... More


. Sophocles in Baker Street

John Kerrigan

in Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184515
eISBN:
9780191674280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most brilliant fictional investigative detectives. The detective's analysis of details was impeccable, and this is one of the gripping components of the tales. Holmes ... More


Cruising

Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348363
eISBN:
9781800850972
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When William Friedkin’s psycho thriller Cruising was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and hit cinemas worldwide in 1980 it was mainly misunderstood: the upcoming gay scene dismissed it ... More


Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Joseph McAleer

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Before the advent of television, reading was among the most popular of leisure activities. ‘Light’ fiction — romances, thrillers, westerns — was the sustenance of millions in wartime and in peace. ... More


Introductory Remarks

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Inception blurs the distinctions between various genres. It is considered as science fiction although it does ... More


Critical Reception

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the critical reception of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Rarely in the press and media is popular cinema, of which Inception is surely an example, subject to rigorous ... More


Legacy of the Lambs

Barry Forshaw

in 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/9781906733650.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the legacy of The Silence of the Lambs. What is the most significant aspect of Thomas Harris's achievement, both on the page and on the screen? Certainly, there is the creation ... More


Claude Chabrol's Aesthetics of Opacity

Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748692606
eISBN:
9781474444651
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692606.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chabrol's cinema, which started (with) the Nouvelle Vague, is generally associated with a type of psychological thriller, set in the French provinces and marked by a fascination with evil, incest, ... More


Sisters (1973)

Douglas Keesey

in Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter chronicles a shift in De Palma's films with Sisters (1973), which marked a departure of influences from Godard to Hitchcock, and a change of genres from political satire to the ... More


Black Leather Gloves: Cruising as a Global Giallo

Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

in Cruising

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348363
eISBN:
9781800850972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter Cruising is discussed in the context of Italian giallo. The tendency of thrillers by Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and others has in fact a lot in common with Friedkin’s film: the ... More


Criminal Minds: Reassessing the Origins of the Psycho-Thriller

Maurizio Ascari

in Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620580
eISBN:
9781789629590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620580.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides an archaeology of the ‘psycho-thriller’, which emerged as a named, self-identifying genre in the postwar period and was popularized by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, most ... More


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