Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present
Horror cinema flourishes in times of ideological crisis and national trauma--the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Vietnam era, post-9/11--and this critical text argues that a succession of filmmakers working in horror--from James Whale to Jen and Sylvia Soska--have used the genre, and the shock value it affords, to challenge the status quo during these times. Spanning the decades from the 1930s onward it examines the work of producers and directors as varied as George A. Romero, Pete Walker, Michael Reeves, Herman Cohen, Wes Craven and Brian Yuzna and the ways in which films like Frankenstein (1931), Cat People (1942), The Woman (2011) and American Mary (2012) can be considered "subversive."
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Foreword by Jeff Lieberman
Frankenstein 1931 and Freaks 1932
Cat People 1942 and The Curse of the Cat People 1944
The Films of Herman Cohen
The Films of Michael Reeves and Pete Walker
Night of the Living Dead 1968 Deathdream 1972 and The Crazies 1973
Last House on the Left 1972 and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974
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