- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Continuum (formerly Cassell Academic) (1 Aug. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304700371
- ISBN-13: 978-0304700370
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,804,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bright Darkness: Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film (Film studies) Hardcover – 1 Aug 1997
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The cult sub-genre of the supernatural film has been much maligned, but, at its best, supernatural horror allows us an awe-inspiring glimpse of another world, exhibiting all the facets of the cinema's possibilities as a narrative art form. This is an exploration of the supernatural horror film, providing a detailed analysis of individual films, concentrating on the "golden age" of horror films, from the earliest Universal talkies and the B movies produced for RKO, to an in-depth examination of Robert Wise's "The Haunting", made in 1963. The book aims to illuminate the developing complexities of themes, styles and techniques, identifying their often-overlooked influence on mainstream cinema, and pointing out some surprising similarities between movies such as "Citizen Kane" and Hitchcock's "Vertigo", and some of their less celebrated genre antecedents.
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He covers the careers of Karloff, Lugosi and Chaney, and discusses films ranging from The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari to Robert Wise's The Haunting. I found his recurring theme of the supernatural being more interesting to him than more modern, gorier and more graphic films was particularly interesting given that these days he's better known as one of the creators of the League of Gentlemen. The goings on in Royston Vasey owe a lot to his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre.
The author's love of black and white horror movies is clear, and his enthusiasm is infectious. It's more than likely that you'll find yourself wishing you had a copy of at least one of the films he discusses - and it won't be long before you're browsing online to track them down. I'm not ashamed to admit that I did!
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