House of Psychotic Women

An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films

Author: Kier-La Janisse

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1903254825

Category: Horror films

Page: 357

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"House of Psychotic Women is an autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness, both onscreen and off."--Publisher description.

House of Psychotic Women

An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films

Author: Kier-La Janisse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903254684

Category: Exploitation films

Page: 357

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Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Unlike her male counterpart, the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films rare places where her destructive emotions get to play. House of Psychotic Women is an examination of these characters through a daringly autobiographical lens. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a personal history and a celebration of female madness, onscreen and off.

House of Psychotic Women

An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films

Author: Kier-La Janisse

Publisher: FAB Press

ISBN: 9781903254691

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 357

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"House of Psychotic Women is an autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness, both onscreen and off."--Publisher description.

A Violent Professional

The Films of Luciano Rossi

Author: Kier-La Janisse

Publisher: Fab Press

ISBN: 9781903254486

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 127

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Volume Three of the new Cinema Classics Collection from FAB Press covers Italian cinema's tough-guy specialist, Luciano Rossi, and is a must-have for fans of 70s macho cinema! Rossi is one of Italian cinema's unsung heroes, and this is the first book to examine his career - complete with a full biography and first-hand reviews of all his known film roles. It is a long-awaited appraisal of this dynamic actors' immeasurable contribution to cinema.

"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!"

A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959

Author: Eric Schaefer

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822323747

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 474

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A social and cultural history of exploitation films, which were produced on the fringes of Hollywood and often dealt with subjects forbidden by the Production Code.

Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11

Horror, Exploitation, and the Cinema of Sensation

Author: Aaron Kerner

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813564042

Category: History

Page: 268

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Saw, Hostel, The Devil’s Rejects: this wave of horror movies has been classed under the disparaging label “torture porn.” Since David Edelstein coined the term for a New York magazine article a few years after 9/11, many critics have speculated that these movies simply reflect iconic images, anxieties, and sadistic fantasies that have emerged from the War on Terror. In this timely new study, Aaron Kerner challenges that interpretation, arguing that “torture porn” must be understood in a much broader context, as part of a phenomenon that spans multiple media genres and is rooted in a long tradition of American violence. Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 tackles a series of tough philosophical, historical, and aesthetic questions: What does it mean to call a film “sadistic,” and how has this term been used to shut down critical debate? In what sense does torture porn respond to current events, and in what ways does it draw from much older tropes? How has torture porn been influenced by earlier horror film cycles, from slasher movies to J-horror? And in what ways has the torture porn aesthetic gone mainstream, popping up in everything from the television thriller Dexter to the reality show Hell’s Kitchen? Reflecting a deep knowledge and appreciation for the genre, Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 is sure to resonate with horror fans. Yet Kerner’s arguments should also strike a chord in anyone with an interest in the history of American violence and its current and future ramifications for the War on Terror.

Satanic Panic

Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Author: Kier-La Janisse,Paul Corupe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903254868

Category: Devil

Page: 368

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In the 1980s, it seemed impossible to escape Satan's supposed influence. This percolating cultural hysteria is now known as the Satanic Panic, a period in which a fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling media. This book is an in-depth exploration of how a controversial culture war played out during the decade and how widespread fear of a Satanic conspiracy was illuminated and propagated through almost every culture pathway, from heavy metal to Dungeons & Dragons role playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-CHS scare films and even home computers.

The Monstrous-Feminine

Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis

Author: Barbara Creed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136750754

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body. With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, The Exorcist and Psycho, Creed analyses the seven `faces' of the monstrous-feminine: archaic mother, monstrous womb, vampire, witch, possessed body, monstrous mother and castrator. Her argument that man fears woman as castrator, rather than as castrated, questions not only Freudian theories of sexual difference but existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism, providing a provocative re-reading of classical and contemporary film and theoretical texts.

The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies

Author: Peter Normanton

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780330413

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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An engrossing A-Z of over 60 gory years of slasher and splatter movies, from Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later to Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters. Here you will find the low-down on over 250 movies with entries from 23 different countries. The index, which includes every movie mentioned in the A-Z and accompanying notes, runs to 540 movies. The book includes the list of video nasties which the UK government attempted to ban.

DSLR Cinema

Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video

Author: Kurt Lancaster

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0240823737

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 295

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Large sensor video cameras (DSLRs) offer filmmakers an affordable, high-quality image previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. These video-capable DSLR cameras have revolutionized filmmaking, documentary production, journalism, television, and even Hollywood cinema. This book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively. DSLR Cinema presents insight into different shooting styles and real-world tips and techniques indispensible to any DSLR filmmaker. This updated and expanded edition includes new workflows for Adobe Premier and Final Cut X-from syncing external audio settings to using the right settings. It also covers the workflow for using Technicolor's picture style, CineStyle, designed on consultation with Canon scientists. DSLR Cinema features case studies of an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters, including Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut, Bernardo Uzeda, Rii Schroer, Danfun Dennis, and many more. The films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR. * Inside perspective from a master class of DSLR shooters * Emphasis on visual technique related to great stories * Progression from the fundamental tools needed by DSLR shooters to advanced techniques * Wide array of technical information: composition, lighting, camera movement, lenses, audio, postproduction workflow, and more * Lavish, full-color illustrations showcase real world examples from real DSLR videos * Companion Web site shows you the films discussed in the book, and more

Are You in the House Alone?

A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999

Author: AMANDA. REYES

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1909394459

Category: Made-for-TV movies

Page: N.A

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Beginning in the 1960s through its heyday in the 1970s and beyond, the telefilm remains an important cultural artefact masquerading as disposable entertainment. Made specifically for the small screen, within the tight constraints of broadcasting standards, what these humble movies lacked in budget and star appeal, they made up for in other ways. Often they served as an introduction to genre films, particularly horror, mirroring their theatrical counterparts with a focus on sinister cults, women in prison, haunted houses and even animals in revolt. They were also a place to address serious contemporary issues-drugs, prostitution, sexual violence and justice-albeit in a cosy domestic environment. Production of telefilms continues to this day, but their significance within the history of mass media remains under-discussed. Are You in the House Alone? seeks to address this imbalance in a series of reviews and essays by fans and critics alike. It looks at many of the films, the networks and names behind them, and also specific genres-everything from Stephen King adaptations to superheroes to true-life dramas. So, kickback and crack open the TV guide once more for the event that is the Movie of the Week!

Horror in Space

Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre

Author: Michele Brittany

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476630623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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In sharp contrast to many 1960s science fiction films, with idealized views of space exploration, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) terrified audiences, depicting a harrowing and doomed deep-space mission. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror set in the great unknown, inspiring filmmakers to take Earth-bound franchises like Leprechaun and Friday the 13th into space. This collection of new essays examines the space horror subgenre, with a focus on such films as Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. Contributors discuss how filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion and supernatural phenomena.

Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds

The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento

Author: Maitland McDonagh

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452915377

Category: Art

Page: 293

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Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's horror films have been described as a blend of Alfred Hitchcock and George Romero?psychologically rich, colorful, and at times garish, excelling at taking the best elements of the splatter and exploitation genres and laying them over a dark undercurrent of human emotions and psyches. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, which dissects such Argento cult films as Two Evil Eyes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, and Deep Red, includes a new introduction discussing Argento's most recent films, from The Stendahl Syndrome to Mother of Tears; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.

Subversive Horror Cinema

Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present

Author: Jon Towlson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476615330

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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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--and this critical text argues that a succession of filmmakers working in horror--from James Whale to Jen and 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 onward it 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."

Witches, Sluts, Feminists

Conjuring the Sex Positive

Author: Kristen J. Sollée

Publisher: Threel Media

ISBN: 9780996485272

Category: HISTORY

Page: 176

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Exposing how "witch" and "slut" are used to police female sexuality, the author rehabilitates these sex positive archetypes.

Men, Women, and Chain Saws

Gender in the Modern Horror Film

Author: Carol J. Clover

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691006208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 260

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Female-hero films like Silence of the Lambs and Thelma and Louise may be breakthroughs from the point of view of mainstream Hollywood cinema, but their themes have a long ancestry in lowlife horror.

Vampira

Dark Goddess of Horror

Author: W. Scott Poole

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593765436

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The new book from award-winning historian W. Scott Poole is a whip-smart piece of pop culture detailing the story of cult horror figure Vampira that actually tells the much wider story of 1950s America and its treatment of women and sex, as well as capturing a fascinating swath of Los Angeles history. In Vampire, Poole gives us the eclectic life of the dancer, stripper, actress, and artist Maila Nurmi, who would reinvent herself as Vampira during the backdrop of 1950s America, an era of both chilling conformity and the nascent rumblings of the countercultural response that led from the Beats and free jazz to the stirring of the LGBT movement and the hardcore punk scene in the bohemian enclave along Melrose Avenue. A veteran of the New York stage and late nights at Hollywood's hipster hangouts, Nurmi would eventually be linked to Elvis, Orson Welles, and James Dean, as well as stylist and photographer Rudi Gernreich, founder of the Mattachine Society and designer of the thong. Thanks to rumors of a romance between Vampira and James Dean, his tragic death inspired the circulation of stories that she had cursed him and, better yet, had access to his dead body for use in her dark arts. In Poole's expert hands, Vampira is more than the story of a highly creative artist continually reinventing herself, but a parable of the runaway housewife bursting the bounds of our straight-laced conventions with an exuberant display of camp, sex, and creative individuality that owed something to the morbid New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams, the evil queen from Disney's Snow White, and the popular, underground bondage magazine Bizarre, and forward to the staged excesses of Madonna and Lady Gaga. Vampira is a wildly compelling tour through a forgotten piece of pop cultural history, one with both cultish and literary merit, sure to capture the imagination of Vampira fans new and old.

Death 24x a Second

Stillness and the Moving Image

Author: Laura Mulvey

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861892638

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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In Death 24 x a Second, Laura Mulvey addresses some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship and narrative. New media technologies, such as video and DVD, have transformed the way we experience film, and the viewers’ relationship to film image and cinema’s narrative structure has also been fundamentally altered. These technologies give viewers the means to control both image and story, so that films produced to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be found to contain unexpected (even unintended) pleasures. The tension between the still frame and the moving image coincides with the cinema’s capacity to capture the appearance of life and preserve it after death. Mulvey proposes that with the arrival of new technologies and new ways of experiencing the cinematic image, film’s hidden stillness comes to the fore, thereby acquiring a new accessibility and visibility. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed, by anyone, at the simple touch of a button. As Mulvey argues, easy access to repetition, slow motion and the freeze-frame may well shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in the cinematic object. The manipulation of the cinematic image by the viewer also makes visible cinema’s material and aesthetic attributes. By exploring how new technologies can give new life to ‘old’ cinema, Death 24 x a Secondoffers an original re-evaluation of film’s history and also its historical usefulness.