Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death in the Modern World

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University of Texas Press, 6 мар. 2009 г. - Всего страниц: 278
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In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in fact, today more people become acquainted with the vampire through film than through literature, such as Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. How has this long legacy of celluloid vampires affected our understanding of vampire mythology? And how has the vampire morphed from its folkloric and literary origins?

In this entertaining and absorbing work, Stacey Abbott challenges the conventional interpretation of vampire mythology and argues that the medium of film has completely reinvented the vampire archetype. Rather than representing the primitive and folkloric, the vampire has come to embody the very experience of modernity. No longer in a cape and coffin, today's vampire resides in major cities, listens to punk music, embraces technology, and adapts to any situation. Sometimes she's even female.

With case studies of vampire classics such as Nosferatu, Martin, Blade, and Habit, the author traces the evolution of the American vampire film, arguing that vampires are more than just blood-drinking monsters; they reflect the cultural and social climate of the societies that produce them, especially during times of intense change and modernization. Abbott also explores how independent filmmaking techniques, special effects makeup, and the stunning and ultramodern computer-generated effects of recent films have affected the representation of the vampire in film.

 

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A Wonder of the Modern World
15
Nosferatu in the Light of New Technology
43
The Modern Evolution of Dracula
61
PART TWO THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN AMERICAN VAMPIRE
73
The Vampire Decade
75
An American Vampire
89
CHAPTER SIX Walking Corpses and Independent Filmmaking Techniques
107
CHAPTER SEVEN Special Makeup Effects and Exploding Vampires
123
From Modernity to Postmodernity
163
Fangs Gangs and Vampireland
177
PART FOUR REDEFINING BOUNDARIES
195
CHAPTER ELEVEN Vampire Cyborgs
197
CHAPTER TWELVE Vampires in a Borderless World
215
Notes
221
Selected Bibliography
243
Filmography
255

PART THREE RECONFIGURING THE URBAN VAMPIRE
139
CHAPTER EIGHT New York and the Vampire Flâneuse
141

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Stacey Abbott is Senior Lecturer in film and television studies at Roehampton University in London.

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