Horror Film Aesthetics

Author: Thomas M. Sipos
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786458349
Release Date: 2014-01-10
Genre: Performing Arts

This richly informed study analyzes how various cinematic tools and techniques have been used to create horror on screen—the aesthetic elements, sometimes not consciously noticed, that help to unnerve, frighten, shock or entertain an audience. The first two chapters define the genre and describe the use of pragmatic aesthetics (when filmmakers put technical and budgetary compromises to artistic effect). Subsequent chapters cover mise-en-scène, framing, photography, lighting, editing and sound, and a final chapter is devoted to the aesthetic appeals of horror cinema. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

The Horror Film

Author: Stephen Prince
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813533635
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

In this volume, Stephen Prince has collected essays reviewing the history of the horror film and the psychological reasons for its persistent appeal, as well as discussions of the developmental responses of young adult viewers and children to the genre. The book focuses on recent postmodern examples such as The Blair Witch Project. In a daring move, the volume also examines Holocaust films in relation to horror. Part One features essays on the silent and classical Hollywood eras. Part Two covers the postWorld War II era and discusses the historical, aesthetic, and psychological characteristics of contemporary horror films. In contrast to horror during the classical Hollywood period, contemporary horror features more graphic and prolonged visualizations of disturbing and horrific imagery, as well as other distinguishing characteristics. Princes introduction provides an overview of the genre, contextualizing the readings that follow. Stephen Prince is professor of communications at Virginia Tech. He has written many film books, including Classical Film Violence: Designing and Regulating Brutality in Hollywood Cinema, 19301968, and has edited Screening Violence, also in the Depth of Field Series.

Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers

Author: Julian Hanich
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136991585
Release Date: 2011-02-09
Genre: Social Science

Hanich looks at fear at the movies – its aesthetics, its experience and its pleasures--in this thought-provoking study. Looking at over 150 different films including Seven, Rosemary's Baby, and Silence of the Lambs, Hanich attempts to answer the paradox of why we enjoy films that thrill us, that scare us, that threaten us, that shock us –affects that we otherwise desperately wish to avoid.

Planks of Reason

Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810850133
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

The original edition of Planks of Reason was the first academic critical anthology on horror. In retrospect, it appeared as a kind of homage to the "golden age" of the American horror film, as this genre played an increasing role in film culture and American life. This revised edition retains the spirit of the original, but also offers new takes on rediscovered classics and recent developments in the genre.

A Companion to Aesthetics

Author: Stephen Davies
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444310429
Release Date: 2009-03-30
Genre: Philosophy

In this extensively revised and updated edition, 168 alphabetically arranged articles provide comprehensive treatment of the main topics and writers in this area of aesthetics. Written by prominent scholars covering a wide-range of key topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art Features revised and expanded entries from the first edition, as well as new chapters on recent developments in aesthetics and a larger number of essays on non-Western thought about art Unique to this edition are six overview essays on the history of aesthetics in the West from antiquity to modern times

Spanish Horror Film

Author: Antonio Lazaro-Reboll
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748636402
Release Date: 2012-11-20
Genre: Performing Arts

Spanish Horror Film is the first in-depth exploration of the genre in Spain from the 'horror boom' of the late 1960s and early 1970s to the most recent production in the current renaissance of Spanish genre cinema, through a study of its production, circulation, regulation and consumption. The examination of this rich cinematic tradition is firmly located in relation to broader historical and cultural shifts in recent Spanish history and as an important part of the European horror film tradition and the global culture of psychotronia.

Found Footage Horror Films

Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786470778
Release Date: 2014-04-24
Genre: Performing Arts

As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre's stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube's popular rise in sparking the subgenre's recent renaissance.

Trash Aesthetics

Author: Deborah Cartmell
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 0745312020
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Culture in motion pictures.

Patterns of production and consumption are one of the foundation stones of media studies in the 1990s. Taking the audience as its starting point, this collection of essays focuses on aspects of audience response, interaction and manipulation in a diverse range of films, from high culture literary adaptations (The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Schindler's List) to comic book adaptations (Tank Girl, Judge Dredd) and genre horror movies such as The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street.. A concluding essay explores the differences and the similarities between adaptations of high and low cultural forms in a mass film media.

A Companion to the Horror Film

Author: Harry M. Benshoff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119335016
Release Date: 2017-01-17
Genre: Performing Arts

"Offers a critical survey of the art and practice of horror movies covering everything from craft and technique, historical developments, and modern-day trends, to broader topics opening onto the socio-political dimensions of the genre. The volume begins with essays devoted to the theoretical methodologies used to study the genre, from cognitive and philosophical approaches, through audience reception and psychoanalysis, to those approaches that examine gender, sexuality, race, class, and (dis) ability in relation to the horror film. Subsequent sections cover horror film aesthetics, the history of the genre, and specific subjects including distribution and the relationship between horror, art house movies, and the documentary impulse."--Provided by publisher.

Horror Film

Author: Steffen Hantke
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1578066921
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

In large part due to its emphasis on gore, screaming teenage girls, and otherworldly elements, horror films have received little critical attention from mainstream movie magazines and film-studies journals. In Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear, essayists focus primarily on how film technology, marketing, and distribution effectively create the aesthetics and reception of horror films. Previously unpublished, these essays cover several styles of horror film-including the silent German Expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu, the jittery mock-documentary The Blair Witch Project, and the gracefully shot The Exorcist. Essayists question how lighting, editing techniques, sound, and camera and film equipment affect how viewers perceive a horror movie. Some essays focus on groundbreaking films, such as Michael Powell's Peeping Tom and Robert Aldrich's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Most concentrate on a specific technique and how it is used in a variety of horror movies. Contributors explore how the evolution of editing in horror films and more realistic special effects have changed how these movies are made. Marketing and distribution are also explored to ascertain how the genre has become part of the American mainstream. Using a variety of critical approaches and concentrating on aspects of horror film that have been overlooked, Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear is a valuable, original addition to the growing body of work on the genre. Steffen Hantke, a professor of English at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, is the author of Conspiracy and Paranoia in Contemporary American Literature: The Works of Don DeLillo and Joseph McElroy.

Introduction to Japanese Horror Film

Author: Colette Balmain
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748630592
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Genre: Performing Arts

This book is a major historical and cultural overview of an increasingly popular genre. Starting with the cultural phenomenon of Godzilla, it explores the evolution of Japanese horror from the 1950s through to contemporary classics of Japanese horror cinema such as Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge. Divided thematically, the book explores key motifs such as the vengeful virgin, the demonic child, the doomed lovers and the supernatural serial killer, situating them within traditional Japanese mythology and folk-tales. The book also considers the aesthetics of the Japanese horror film, and the mechanisms through which horror is expressed at a visceral level through the use of setting, lighting, music and mise-en-scene. It concludes by considering the impact of Japanese horror on contemporary American cinema by examining the remakes of Ringu, Dark Water and Ju-On: The Grudge.The emphasis is on accessibility, and whilst the book is primarily marketed towards film and media students, it will also be of interest to anyone interested in Japanese horror film, cultural mythology and folk-tales, cinematic aesthetics and film theory.

Horror Movie Aesthetics

Author: Xiangyi Fu
ISBN: OCLC:967660138
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Cinematography

Fear is one of the most basic and important human emotions. At very beginning of movie history in 1895, when the audience first saw the Lumieres Bothers' The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station on the big screen, almost the entire audience tried to escape from the theater. The image of the approaching train caused fear. To intensify feelings of fear in the audience, film artists use sound, lighting, timing, motion and other stylistic devices. Among the wide range of film genres, especially horror movies aim to trigger a physiological and psychological response of fear in the audience. Within the genre, horror films differ widely from each other based on their time period, sub-genre, and regional differences including religious and cultural motifs. There many different ways of investigating how horror movies accomplish to terrify and horrify an audience, for example, via an analysis of plots, characters, and dialogue. This thesis examines what constitutes the different cinematic styles of horror movies - color/lighting, time/motion, spatial relationships, and sound - in different horror movies. The result of my research is presented in an interactive visualization of cinematic aesthetics that enables a cinematic student to explore the patterns of how those elements are applied on the screen and can ultimately trigger and influence an audience's mood.

Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s

Author: David Roche
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781617039621
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: Performing Arts

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

Medial effectiveness from portrayal of violence in horror films

Author: Isabell Massing
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783656421504
Release Date: 2013-04-29
Genre: Performing Arts

Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject Communications - Movies and Television, grade: 2,3, University of Applied Sciences Köln RFH, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction 2. Definition 2.1 Horror films 2.1.1 Splatter films 3. Medial effectiveness from portrayal of violence in horror films 3.1 Review 3.2 Portrayal violence in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” 3.2.1 Film Review 3.2.2 Real documented violence in a splatter film 3.3 Portrayal violence in “The Blair Witch Project” 3.2.1 Film Review 3.2.2 Fictional violence in a horror film 4. Conclusion

Investigating Charmed

Author: Stan Beeler
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9780857713643
Release Date: 2007-11-28
Genre: Performing Arts

In 1998 the series 'Charmed', the story created by Constance M. Burge of three sisters who discover that they are powerful witches, first aired on the WB network. The series ran for eight series and into top-rating dvds, and has established a continuing presence as cult tv. The world of 'Charmed' is distinctively one of female solidarity, with sisters Piper, Prudence, Phoebe and, with the death of Pru, half-sister Paige making up the 'power of three'. In their crusade against the demonic population of their home city of San Francisco, the Halliwell sisters have also inherited their powers and 'The Book of Shadows' through the female line. The expert contributors to Investigating 'Charmed', all of them fans of the show, explore its nature as ground breaking tv. They debate the status of 'Charmed' as third wave feminist narrative, as well as its upturning of notions of sexuality, and its creation of alternative forms of family life. The San Francisco setting is explored as is 'Charmed''s brand of witchcraft and fantasy, its mythological antecedents and female heroes. Looking also at the fans' relationship to the show, as well as its novelizations, fan fiction and blogs, the book on this fantastic magical show concludes with a complete Episode Guide