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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023116209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231162098
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ambitious and important contribution to the study of European horror films.

(Francesco Di Chiara European Journal of Media Studies)

About the Author

Patricia Allmer is Senior Research Fellow in Art History and Theory at MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; she is that author of René Magritte: Beyond Painting (2009).

David Huxley is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; he is the author of Nasty Tales: Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll in the British Underground (2001). Emily Brick is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; she is a contributor to Sex and Television (2012).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E VINE VOICE on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I originally placed this text on my book-order for a class I am teaching next semester. I had skimmed a few of the essays online and thought it had tremendous potential. However, when I read the piece in its entirety, I arrived at a slightly different conclusion. Here are some thoughts on this text. (Since this is an academic work, I am mostly directing these comments to scholars and professors ... but, certainly, anyone who enjoys horror film may find value in the following:)

Most of the essays employ feminist or psychoanalytic theory. And, while it would be helpful if the reader knows the work of Carol Clover, Barbara Creed, and Julia Kristeva it is not positively necessary. It feels as though the contributors strove to create a text that is both accessible to undergraduates and yet still informative to scholars. (The jargon is kept to a minimum and the approach is fairly direct). This is commendable. However, a number of issues may prohibit its use in the classroom. Simple errors create reader-confusion ...

The essay entitled "New Labours, New Horrors," consistently misspells the character of "Selena" (28 Days Later) as "Celina." Why does this matter? The reason is two-fold. First, I am relying on this academic text to be both precise and well-researched. If I were not well-versed in this topic, I might assume that the author (and editor) are correct. This can result in a cascade of misinformation. Secondly, when I assign such a text to my students, they genuinely are relying on it for information. They assume that the text is infallible. Understandable. When I assign critical papers, I deduct two-points for every instance where a student misspells a character name.
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