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DARK DREAMS 2.0 : A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film from the
1950s to the 21st Century
Greatly expanded from the 1977 original, this new edition of DARK DREAMS
explores the evolution of the modern horror film, particularly as it
reflects anxieties associated with the atomic bomb, the Cold War, sixties
violence, sexual liberation, the Reagan revolution, 9/11, and the war in
Iraq. It divides modern horror into three varieties (psychological, demonic,
and apocalyptic) and demonstrates how horror cinema represents the popular
expression of everyday fears while revealing the forces that influence
American ideological and political values. Directors given a close reading
include Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Guillermo Del
Toro, Michael Haneke, Robert Aldrich, Mel Gibson, Roman Polanski, and George
A. Romero. Additional material discusses postmodern remakes, horror
franchises, and Asian millennial horror.
Charles Derry is professor emeritus of motion picture studies at Wright
State University. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has
written widely on a variety of popular culture topics, including film,
television, and ideology.
Includes a Foreword by John Russell Taylor; 988 digitally remastered frame
grabs accompanied by visual analysis; extensive filmographies; bibliography;
index; and interviews with William Friedkin, Robert Aldrich, George A.
Romero, Curtis Harrington, and William Castle.
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