By Steffen Hantke
Creatively spent and politically beside the point, the yankee horror movie is a trifling ghost of its former self-or so is going the outdated observed from lovers and students alike. taking up this undeserved popularity, the participants to this assortment supply a finished examine a decade of cinematic construction, masking a large choice of fabric from the final ten years with a transparent serious eye.
Individual essays profile the paintings of up-and-coming director Alexandre Aja and reconsider William Malone's muchmaligned Feardotcom within the mild of the torture debate on the finish of President George W. Bush's management. different essays examine the commercial, social, and formal features of the style; the globalization of the U.S. movie undefined; the alleged escalation of cinematic violence; and the large advertisement acclaim for the remake. a few essays learn particular subgenres-from the teenage horror flick to the serial killer movie and the non secular horror film-as good because the carrying on with relevance of vintage administrators comparable to George A. Romero, David Cronenberg, John Landis, and Stuart Gordon.
Essays planned at the advertising of nostalgia and its concomitant aesthetic, and the apparently schizophrenic viewpoint of enthusiasts who ensue to be students besides. Taken jointly, the members to this assortment make a compelling case that American horror cinema is as important, artistic, and thought-provoking because it ever was.
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American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium by Steffen Hantke