In Making And Remaking Horror In The S And S Author David Roche Takes Up The Assumption Shared By Many Fans And Scholars That Original Horror Movies Are Disturbing, And Thus Better Than The Remakes He Assesses The Qualities Of Movies, Old And Recast, According To Criteria That Include Subtext, Originality, And Cohesion With A Methodology That Combines A Formalist And Cultural Studies Approach, Roche Sifts Aspects Of The American Horror Movie That Have Been Widely Addressed Class, The Patriarchal Family, Gender, And The Opposition Between Terror And Horror And Those That Have Been Somewhat Neglected Race, The Gothic, Style, And Verisimilitude Containing Seventy Eight Black And White Illustrations, The Book Is Grounded In A Close Comparative Analysis Of The Politics And Aesthetics Of Four Of The Most Significant Independent American Horror Movies Of The S The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Dawn Of The Dead, And Halloween And Their Twenty First Century Remakes To What Extent Can The Politics Of These Films Be Described As Disturbing Insomuch As They Promote Subversive Subtexts That Undermine Essentialist Perspectives Do The Politics Of The Film Lie On The Surface Or Are They Wedded To The Film S Aesthetics Early In The Book, Roche Explores Historical Contexts, Aspects Of Identity Race, Ethnicity, And Class , And The Structuring Role Played By The Motif Of The American Nuclear Family He Then Asks To What Extent These Films Disrupt Genre Expectations And Attempt To Provoke Emotions Of Dread, Terror, And Horror Through Their Representations Of The Monstrous And The Formal Strategies Employed In This Inquiry, He Examines Definitions Of The Genre And Its Metafictional Nature Roche Ends With A Meditation On The Extent To Which The Technical Limitations Of The Horror Films Of The S Actually Contribute To This Disturbing Quality Moving Far Beyond The Genre Itself, Making And Remaking Horror Studies The Redux As A Form Of Adaptation And Enables A Complete Discussion Of The Evolution Of Horror In Contemporary American Cinema
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- Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s
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- 10 September 2017 David Roche