Nightmares in red white and blue book
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film () - IMDbIt is also visually clunky, and often repeats ideas originally expressed by film historian David J. Skal in his influential book The Monster Show , even though neither Skal nor his book are ever cited. This is important, because many of Skal's ideas have been broadly adopted by other film historians in the decade-and-a-half since his book was first published, and are repeated almost verbatim by the ones interviewed for this documentary. A key concept posited by Skal is the attribution of the oscillating popularity of the horror genre over the last century to various social and political problems and changes. This concept has gained traction among film writers and scholars, and it's troubling to me that Skal himself is not one of the talking heads in Monument's film, and that the whole gist of movie rests upon his ideas, sans attribution. This is not plagiarism, but one would imagine that a film taking its thesis from a pre-existing source would have drilled down to the origin of that source. A chronological survey, Nightmares begins with Lance Henriksen intoning that the first American horror film was adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , a film that did not earn an audience.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film
Joseph Maddrey. From an early fascination with the Gothic, to the mutant horrors of the Atomic Age and alien enemies of the Cold War, to the inner demons of the psyche and the American Dream turned nightmare, the history of American horror films is a reflection of changing American cultural attitudes and values—and the fears that accompany them. This survey of the pivotal horror films produced in America examines the history of the genre as a reflection of cultural changes in the United States. It begins with an exploration of the origins of the genre, and follows its development until the present, using various films to document the evolution of Hollywood horror flicks and illustrate their cultural significance. The second part focuses on eight pivotal directors whose personal visions helped shape the genre—from early pioneers like Tod Browning and Alfred Hitchcock, to modern masters like John Carpenter and Wes Craven. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here. Alfred Hitchcock Noir Town.
The film is examines the appeal of the horror film genre to audiences and the relationship that the genre has to events in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. The documentary mainly focuses on the connection between events in the United States during the last century and the attraction that horror films have to moviegoing audiences. Filmmakers, producers, and historians such as John Carpenter , George A. Romero , Tom McLoughlin , and Mick Garris examine and give their opinions on such links between occurring events and horror movie themes. The discussion first begins with the connections found between World War I and films featuring human-like monsters and ideas, such as Dracula , Frankenstein , and The Seventh Victim. Horror films of the late s and the whole of the s are then analyzed, noting how violence in film was becoming not only more common and grotesque, a trend evident in films like Night of the Living Dead , The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , and various exploitation films , but also garnering mainstream attention through films like The Exorcist and Jaws. The horror subgenre of slasher films is then studied, with connections being shown between nature and promiscuous acts performed by teenagers, apparent in film series like Halloween and Friday the 13th.
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