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Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present
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Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present (Paperback)

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Horror cinema flourishes in times of ideological crisis and national trauma - the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Vietnam era, post-9/11; this book argues that a succession of filmmakers working in horror - from James Whale to 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 onwards this critical text 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.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm: styles & genres Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 30/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9780786474691  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jon Towlson is a London-based journalist and film critic. He has written for Starburst Magazine, Paracinema, Exquisite Terror, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Shadowland Magazine, Bright Lights Film Journal and Digital Film-maker Magazine. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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