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Monstrous Adaptations By Richard Hand

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The first book devoted to the study of horror film and adaptation. Comprised of essays by top scholars in the field, this anthology includes analyses of such under-examined films as Thomas Edison's Frankenstein, John Barrymore's Jekyll and Hyde, Jean Epstein's La chute de la maison Usher, Gus van Sant's Psycho and Guillermo de Toro's Cronos

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Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutations in Horror Film by Richard Hand

The fifteen groundbreaking essays contained in this book address the concept of adaptation in relation to horror cinema. Adaptation is not only a key cultural practice and strategy for filmmakers, but it is also a theme of major importance within horror cinema as a hole. The history of the genre is full of adaptations that have drawn from fiction or folklore, or that have assumed the shape of remakes of pre-existing films. The horror genre itself also abounds with its own myriad transformations and transmutations. The essays within this volume engage with an impressive range of horror texts, from the earliest silent horror films by Thomas Edison and Jean Epstein through to important contemporary phenomena, such as the western appropriation of Japanese horror motifs. Classic works by Alfred Hitchcock, David Cronenberg and Abel Ferrara receive cutting-edge re-examination, as do unjustly neglected works by Mario Bava, Guillermo del Toro and Stan Brakhage.

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About Richard Hand

Richard J. Hand is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales Jay McRoy is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Monstrous adaptations: an introduction - Richard J. Hand and Jay McRoy Part I: From page to scream: literary adaptation and horror cinema 2. Paradigms of metamorphosis and transmutation: Thomas Edison's Frankenstein and John Barrymore's Jekyll and Hyde - Richard J. Hand 3. Painting the life out of her: aesthetic integration and disintegration in Jean Epstein's La Chute de la maison Usher - Guy Crucianelli 4. The unfilmable? H. P. Lovecraft and the cinema - Julian Petley 5. Imperfect geometry: identity and culture in Clive Barker's 'The Forbidden' and Bernard Rose's Candyman - Brigid Cherry Part II: Re-imaginings and re-articulations: thematic adaptation in contemporary horror cinema 6. Out from the realist underground; or, the Baron of Blood visits Cannes: recursive and self-reflexive patterns in David Cronenberg's Videodrome and eXistenZ - Steffen Hantke 7. 'These Children That You Spit On': horror and generic hybridity - Andy W. Smith 8. 'Our Reaction Was Only Human': monstrous becomings in Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers - Jay McRoy Part III: From avant garde to exploitation: cinematic experiments as monstrous adaptation 9. Adapting the occult: horror and the avant garde in the cinema of Stan Brakhage and Ken Jacob - Marianne Shaneen 10. The Gorgon: adapting classical myth as gothic romance - I. Q. Hunter 11. Marion Crane dies twice - Murray Pomerance Part IV: Displacements and border crossings: horror cinema and transcultural adaptation 12. Adapting legends: urban legends and their adaptation in horror cinema - Mikel J. Koven 13. Fulcanelli as a vampiric Frankenstein and Jesus as his vampiric Monster: the Frankenstein and Dracula myths in Guillermo del Toro's Cronos - Brad O'Brien 14. Gothic horrors, family secrets, and the patriarchal imperative: the early horror films of Mario Bava - Reynold Humphries 15. 'In the Church of the Poison Mind': adapting the metaphor of psychopathology to look back at the mad, monstrous 80s - Ruth Goldberg 16. 'Everyone Will Suffer' - national identity and the spirit of subaltern vengeance in Nakata Hideo's Ringu and Gore Verbinski's The Ring - Linnie Blake Index

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Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutations in Horror Film by Richard Hand
Richard Hand
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