Horror Films of the 1970s

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786491568

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 662

View: 7457

"Independent filmmaker and horror-film scholar John Kenneth Muir says, 'Art does not exist in a vacuum. Instead, it is inexorably bound to the time period from which it sprang.' In his entertaining and scholarly filmography of over 200 films arranged by year, Muir sees the historical and social happenings of the 1970s as giving rise to the unusually high number of groundbreaking horror films of the decade, as well as the more routine ones. Following a general introduction, Muir provides a synopsis and commentary, a list of cast and crew, significant quotations by critics for each motion picture as well as by participants in the film's making when available, and stills for selected films. Interesting appendixes, notes, a bibliography, and an index are included."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003.

Horror Films of the 1990s

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484802

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 715

View: 385

This detailed filmography surveys more than 300 horror films that were released in the years 1990 through 1999. The horror genre's trends, cliches and patterns of the decade are connected to social and cultural phenomena, such as Y2K fears and the Los Angeles Riots. Among the popular forms of this period were films about serial killers, aliens, conspiracies, and sinister "interlopers," new monsters who shambled their way into the lives of everyday people to wreak havoc on screen.

Horror Films of the 1990s

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786440122

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 702

View: 4218

"This detailed filmography surveys more than 300 horror films that were released in the years 1990 through 1999. The horror genre's trends, clichés and patterns of the decade are connected to social and cultural phenomena. Among the popular forms of this period were serial killers, aliens, conspiracies, and "interlopers," new monsters who wreak havoc"--Provided by publisher.

Ten Years of Terror

British Horror Films of the 1970s

Author: Harvey Fenton,David Flint

Publisher: N.A


Category: Horror films

Page: 336

View: 8509

Documenting the heyday of independent horror film production in Britain, 'Ten Years of Terror' is an encyclopaedic record of this era featuring a stunning selection of film stills and truly great promotional artwork. Films covered include: 'The Wicker Man', 'A Clockwork Orange', 'The Devils', 'Countess Dracula', 'Alien', 'The Omen', 'Killer's Moon', 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Tales From the Crypt', 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell' and more! With 48 full-colour pages. 'Gruesomely beautiful and frighteningly good!' - Hotdog (Book of the Month)

Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970-1979

Author: Roberto Curti

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476664692

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 7576

Italian Gothic horror films of the 1970s were influenced by the violent giallo movies and adults-only comics of the era, resulting in a graphic approach to the genre. Stories often featured over-the-top violence and nudity and pushed the limits of what could be shown on the screen. The decade marked the return of specialist directors like Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda and Antonio Margheriti, and the emergence of new talents such as Pupi Avati (The House with the Laughing Windows) and Francesco Barilli (The Perfume of the Lady in Black). The author examines the Italian Gothic horror of the period, providing previously unpublished details and production data taken from official papers, original scripts and interviews with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors. Entries include complete cast and crew lists, plot summaries, production history and analysis. An appendix covers Italian made-for-TV films and mini-series.

Television Fright Films of the 1970s

Author: David Deal

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786455144

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

View: 6757

If the made-for-television movie has long been regarded as a poor stepchild of the film industry, then telefilm horror has been the most uncelebrated offspring of all. Considered unworthy of critical attention, scary movies made for television have received little notice over the years. Yet millions of fans grew up watching them—especially during the 1970s—and remember them fondly. This exhaustive survey addresses the lack of critical attention by evaluating such films on their own merits. Covering nearly 150 made-for-TV fright movies from the 1970s, the book includes credits, a plot synopsis, and critical commentary for each. From the well-remembered Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to the better-forgotten Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby, it’s a trustworthy and entertaining guide to the golden age of the televised horror movie.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492962427

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 460

View: 7967

Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir is a detailed history and analysis of more than 100 genre films produced between the span of 1970 - 1979. The book looks at the historical context of dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and outer space movies of the day, and reveals how these movies are both a look at tomorrow and a product of their times.

Horror Films of the 1980s

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786455012

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 843

View: 6190

John Kenneth Muir is back! This time, the author of the acclaimed Horror Films of the 1970s turns his attention to 300 films from the 1980s. From horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Hellraiser to obscurities like The Children and The Boogens, Muir is our informative guide. Muir introduces the scope of the decade’s horrors, and offers a history that draws parallels between current events and the nightmares unfolding on cinema screens. Each of the 300 films is discussed with detailed credits, a brief synopsis, a critical commentary, and where applicable, notes on the film’s legacy beyond the 80s. Also included is the author’s ranking of the 15 best horror films of the 80s.

Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s

Why Don’t They Do It Like They Used To?

Author: David Roche

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617039624

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

View: 2325

An expansive treatment of the meanings and qualities of original and remade American horror movies

Horror Films FAQ

All That's Left to Know About Slashers, Vampires, Zombies, Aliens, and More

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1480366811

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 386

View: 8298

(FAQ). Horror Films FAQ explores a century of ghoulish and grand horror cinema, gazing at the different characters, situations, settings, and themes featured in the horror film, from final girls, monstrous bogeymen, giant monsters and vampires to the recent torture porn and found footage formats. The book remembers the J-Horror remake trend of the 2000s, and examines the oft-repeated slasher format popularized by John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980). After an introduction positioning the horror film as an important and moral voice in the national dialogue, the book explores the history of horror decade by decade, remembering the women's liberation horrors of the 1970s, the rubber reality films of the late 1980s, the serial killers of the 1990s, and the xenophobic terrors of the 9/11 age. Horror Films FAQ also asks what it means when animals attack in such films as The Birds (1963) or Jaws (1975), and considers the moral underpinnings of rape-and-revenge movies, such as I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and Irreversible (2002). The book features numerous photographs from the author's extensive personal archive, and also catalogs the genre's most prominent directors.

Movies of the 80s

Author: Jürgen Müller

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783822817377

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 863

View: 2105

This book's 140 A-Z entries include synopses, film stills, and production photos.

Hearths of Darkness

The Family in the American Horror Film, Updated Edition

Author: Tony Williams

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1626743517

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 5882

Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film traces the origins of the 1970s family horror subgenre to certain aspects of American culture and classical Hollywood cinema. Far from being an ephemeral and short-lived genre, horror actually relates to many facets of American history from its beginnings to the present day. Individual chapters examine aspects of the genre, its roots in the Universal horror films of the 1930s, the Val Lewton RKO unit of the 1940s, and the crucial role of Alfred Hitchcock as the father of the modern American horror film. Subsequent chapters investigate the key works of the 1970s by directors such as Larry Cohen, George A. Romero, Brian De Palma, Wes Craven, and Tobe Hooper, revealing the distinctive nature of films such as Bone, It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Carrie, The Exorcist, Exorcist 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the contributions of such writers as Stephen King. Williams also studies the slasher films of the 1980s and 1990s, such as the Friday the 13th series, Halloween, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm Street, exploring their failure to improve on the radical achievements of the films of the 1970s. After covering some post-1970s films, such as The Shining, the book concludes with a new postscript examining neglected films of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. Despite the overall decline in the American horror film, Williams determines that, far from being dead, the family horror film is still with us. Elements of family horror even appear in modern television series such as The Sopranos. This updated edition also includes a new introduction.

Shock Value

Author: Jason Zinoman

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715643843

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 272

View: 1911

In the New Hollywood of the 1970s, just as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola were making their first classic films, a parallel group of directors was inventing the modern horror film. Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Roman Polanski, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma and others made films that were aggressive, raw and utterly original. They would go on to achieve massive box office success. Based on unprecedented access to these leading figures, and hundreds of other interviews, Jason Zinoman's Shock Value delivers an enthralling behind-the-scenes account of horror's golden age. Films such as Rosemary's Baby, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween created the template used by horror films ever since. They exploded taboos and drew on their creators' deepest anxieties to bring horror a gritty, confrontational style and political edge. Shock Value tells the remarkable stories behind the making of these films, which remain misunderstood even by some avid fans. Shot largely outside the Hollywood system on shoestring budgets, they dispensed with traditional vampires and werewolves, assaulting audiences with the dark side of suburbia and a new brand of nihilistic violence. When The Exorcist became the highest-grossing blockbuster of all time, the big studios took notice and the cinema would never be the same again. As the classic horror films of the 1970s conquered both the multiplex and the art house, thy entered the collective imagination and as Jason Zinouman shows, even taught us what to be afraid of. Shock Value is an enormously entertaining account of a highly influential era in filmmaking and Hollywood history.

The Canadian Horror Film

Terror of the Soul

Author: Gina Freitag,André Loiselle

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442628502

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

View: 6212

From the cheaply made "tax-shelter" films of the 1970s to the latest wave of contemporary "eco-horror," Canadian horror cinema has rarely received much critical attention. Gina Freitag and Andr� Loiselle rectify that situation in The Canadian Horror Film with a series of thought-provoking reflections on Canada's "terror of the soul," a wasteland of docile damnation and prosaic pestilence where savage beasts and mad scientists rub elbows with pasty suburbanites, grumpy seamen, and baby-faced porn stars. Featuring chapters on Pontypool, Ginger Snaps, 1970s slasher films, Quebec horror, and the work of David Cronenberg, among many others, The Canadian Horror Film unearths the terrors hidden in the recesses of the Canadian psyche. It examines the highlights of more than a century of Canadian horror filmmaking and includes an extensive filmography to guide both scholars and enthusiasts alike through this treacherous terrain.

Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990

A State-by-State Guide with Interviews

Author: Brian Albright

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786472278

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

View: 5365

"In the second half of the 20th century, landmark works of horror film history were as much the product of enterprising regional filmmakers as of the major studios. This overview of regionally produced horror and science fiction films includes interviewswith 13 directors and producers, and a state-by-state listing of films made between 1958 and 1990"--

Shocking Cinema of the Seventies

Author: Xavier Mendik

Publisher: Noir Publishing

ISBN: 9780953656448

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

View: 7131

The Necronomicon Shocking Cinema of the Seventies continues the acclaimed journal's exploration of film culture with a special edition devoted to film from this special era. In a series of innovative articles, leading critics and scholars consider the social and cinematic issues which shaped the films of the decade. Covering genres such as horror, the disaster movie, blaxploitation, and kung fu, the authors discover the truth behind one of the most prolific, turbulent, and challenging periods of cinema history.

House of Horror

The Complete Hammer Films Story

Author: Jack Hunter

Publisher: Creation Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781871592191

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 217

View: 6509

The Complete Hammer Films Story Traces the complete history of Hammer from its early origins through to its golden era of classic horro movies and presents a comprehensive view of Hammer's importance and influence in world cinema. Includes interviews with Hammer stars, detailed analysis of all horror and fantasy films, and dozens of rare and exciting photographs and posters, fully illustrated A-Z of key Hammer personnel, directory of unfilmed projects, complete filmography and full film index.

The Art of Horror

An Illustrated History

Author: Stephen Jones

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781495009136

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 2767

(Applause Books). Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in legends and folk tales, the focus of the book is on how the genre has presented itself to the world since the creations of Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley first became part of the public consciousness in the 19th century. It's all here: from early engravings via dust jackets, book illustrations, pulp magazines, movie posters, comic books, and paintings to today's artists working entirely in the digital realm. Editor Stephen Jones and his stellar team of contributors have sourced visuals from archives and private collections (including their own) worldwide, ensuring an unprecedented selection that is accessible to those discovering the genre, while also including many images that will be rare and unfamiliar to even the most committed fan. From the shockingly lurid to the hauntingly beautiful including images of vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, demons, serial killers, alien invaders, and more every aspect of the genre is represented in ten themed chapters. Quotes from artists/illustrators, and a selection from writers and filmmakers, are featured throughout.

Blaxploitation Films

Author: Mikel J. Koven

Publisher: Oldacastle Books

ISBN: 1842434101

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

View: 1536

Fully updated to include Baadassss and The Hebrew Hammer and to cover the deaths of Isaac Hayes and Rudy Rae Moore In the early 1970s a type of film emerged that featured all-black casts; really cool soul, R 'n' B, and disco soundtracks; characters sporting big guns, big dashikis, and even bigger 'fros; and had some of the meanest, baddest attitudes to shoot their way across the screen. An antidote to the sanitized "safe" images of blackness that Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby presented to America, these films depicted a reality about the world which African-American audiences could identify with, even if the stories themselves were pure fantasy. This guide reviews and discusses more than 60 Blaxploitation films, considering them from the perspectives of class and racial rebellion, genre, and Stickin' it to the Man. Subgenres covered include Blaxploitation horror films, kung-fu movies, westerns, and parodies.