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Reappraising Cult Horror Films: From Carnival of Souls to Last Night in Soho

Lee Broughton

Identifies key - and in some cases previously overlooked - cult horror films from around the world and reappraises them by approaching and interrogating them in new ways.

New productions in the horror genre occupy a prominent space within the cinematic landscape of the 21st century, but the genre's back catalogue of older films refuses to be consigned to the motion picture graveyard just yet. Interest in older horror films remains high, and an ever-increasing number of these films have enjoyed an afterlife as cult movies thanks to regular film festival screenings, television broadcasts and home video releases. Similarly, academic interest in the horror genre has remained high.

The frameworks applied by contributors to the collection include genre studies, narrative theory, socio-political readings, aspects of cultural studies, gendered readings, archival research, fan culture work, interviews with filmmakers, aspects of film historiography, spatial theory and cult film theory. Covering a corpus of films that ranges from recognised cult horror classics such as The Wicker Man, The Shining and Candyman to more obscure films like Daughters of Darkness, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Shivers, Howling III: The Marsupials and Inside, Broughton has curated an international selection of case studies that show the diverse nature of the cult horror subgenre. Be they star-laden, stylish, violent, bizarre or simply little heard-of obscurities, this book offers a multitude of new critical insights into a truly eclectic selection of cult horror films.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jun 13rd, 2024
  • Pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781501387586
  • Categories: Film - Genres - HorrorFilm - History & Criticism

About the Author

Broughton, Lee: - Lee Broughton is a Lecturer in Film and Media in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. He also teaches on the Arts and Humanities programme that is offered by the University's Lifelong Learning Centre. Lee is the author of The Euro-Western: Reframing Gender, Race and the 'Other' in Film (Bloomsbury, 2016) and the editor of Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained (2016) and Reframing Cult Westerns: From The Magnificent Seven to The Hateful Eight (Bloomsbury, 2020).
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