The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror

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Norton, 1993 - Всего страниц: 432
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"I'll show you what horror means", snarled Fredric March in the 1931 film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Six decades later, the acclaimed author of Hollywood Gothic makes good on Mr. Hyde's promise with the most ambitious and entertaining history of the genre ever published. America is in love with horror, with demon children, gender-bending vampires, and the battlefield aesthetic of post-Vietnam movies. Horror entertainment in all its forms - from Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Phantom of the Opera to Stephen King, Anne Rice, and the Terminator, from Tod Browning's "Freaks" to the photographs of Diane Arbus and the neo-Gothic trappings of heavy metal music - is a multi-billion-dollar cultural juggernaut. Illuminating the dark side of the American century, this provocative book uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements. With penetrating social analysis and revealing anecdote, David Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. The result is acompulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre.

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THE MONSTER SHOW: A Cultural History of Horror

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Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of ... Читать весь отзыв

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I purchased this book many years ago. As with many in my library, it sat on my shelf just waiting for the right mood to strike. I wish I'd read it sooner. It provided a wealth of entertainment; the ... Читать весь отзыв

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David J. Skal is a respected scholar of all things macabre. A frequent talk-show guest and lecturer, his many media appearances include "The CBS Evening News," " Joan Rivers," "Charlie Rose," and NPR's "All Things Considered." He is the author of The Monster Show, Hollywood Gothic, and Dark Carnival. He has written, produced and appeared in a variety of film and television documentaries on occult and pop-culture subjects.

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