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Horror films can be profound fables of human nature and important works of art, yet many people dismiss them out of hand. "Horror and the Horror Film" conveys a mature appreciation of horror films along with a comprehensive view of their narrative strategies, their relations to reality and fantasy, and their cinematic power. The volume covers the entire genre, consideringHorror films can be profound fables of human nature and important works of art, yet many people dismiss them out of hand. "Horror and the Horror Film" conveys a mature appreciation of horror films along with a comprehensive view of their narrative strategies, their relations to reality and fantasy, and their cinematic power. The volume covers the entire genre, considering every kind of monster in it - including the human.After defining horror and thoroughly introducing the genre, the text offers a rich survey of all of the horror film's subgenres, before concluding with a look at the related genres of horror comedy and horror documentary. International in scope, its survey extends from the first horror films (1896) to the present, discussing more than 350 movies. Through its comprehensive and detailed investigation of the genre, "Horror and the Horror Film" offers a compelling, insightful look at how the horror film frightens and revolts the viewer, its reasons for doing so, and the art of portraying and evoking fear, and will be a great asset to film scholars, horror enthusiasts and readers yet to be convinced of the importance of the genre....

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ISBN : 9780857284501
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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Horror and the Horror Film Reviews

  • Fabian
    2019-03-19 00:15

    Very articulate, though I doubt I've learned anything New. It's like these concepts have been around... pretty much forever!

  • Andrew Garvey
    2019-03-03 23:02

    Bruce Kawin’s book is a fascinating, if overly academic, sometimes longwinded survey of the history, significance and meaning of a very wide selection of horror films. A professor of English and film studies, Kawin does fall into the trap of peddling his pet theories a little too often. Yes, the image of the ‘monster’ at the bedroom window is a common and iconic one. No, I didn’t need it referenced and referred to seemingly dozens of times throughout the book. I got the point early on.Overall, Kawin’s film selection is strong, showcasing every imaginable kind of horror film, nicely arranged by theme. But, any book of this nature, which even includes a specific section on horror comedies and yet still somehow fails to mention Evil Dead 2 is bound to be a disappointment. Some sections of the book – his overview of Dracula films and the early series of Mummy films are just great. Others, in which he far too often gets mired in very lengthy plot descriptions feel like a chore.But whatever the books problems, you’re never too far away from a convincing theory or interesting fact. And I’ve come away with a nice, long list of films to track down that I didn’t know about, or knew very little about, beforehand.Depending on the price (I got it very cheap but its currently selling for much, much more) it’s worth a look.