Monstrous adaptations

Generic and thematic mutations in horror film

Edited by Richard Hand and Jay McRoy

Monstrous adaptations
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7603-9
    • Pages: 272
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: August 2007


    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.


    Monstrous adaptations: an introduction - Richard J. Hand and Jay McRoy
    PART I: From page to scream: literary adaptation and horror cinema
    1. Paradigms of metamorphosis and transmutation: Thomas Edison's Frankenstein and John Barrymore's Jekyll and Hyde - Richard J. Hand
    2. Painting the life out of her: aesthetic integration and disintegration in Jean Epstein's La Chute de la maison Usher - Guy Crucianelli
    3. The unfilmable? H. P. Lovecraft and the cinema - Julian Petley
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 'These Children That You Spit On': horror and generic hybridity - Andy W. Smith
    7. '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
    8. Adapting the occult: horror and the avant garde in the cinema of Stan Brakhage and Ken Jacob - Marianne Shaneen
    9. The Gorgon: adapting classical myth as gothic romance - I. Q. Hunter
    10. Marion Crane dies twice - Murray Pomerance
    PART IV: Displacements and border crossings: horror cinema and transcultural adaptation
    11. Adapting legends: urban legends and their adaptation in horror cinema - Mikel J. Koven
    12. 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
    13. Gothic horrors, family secrets and the patriarchal imperative: the early horror films of Mario Bava - Reynold Humphries
    14. 'In the Church of the Poison Mind': adapting the metaphor of psychopathology to look back at the mad, monstrous 80s - Ruth Goldberg
    15. 'Everyone Will Suffer': national identity and the spirit of subaltern vengeance in Nakata Hideo's Ringu and Gore Verbinski's The Ring - Linnie Blake


    Richard J. Hand is Reader in Theatre and Media at the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Jay McRoy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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