Planks of Reason

Nosferatu appears to have been the first definitive, feature-length vampire film.1
Horror of Dracula (the U.S. release title of what was billed, simply, as Dracula in
Britain) was commercially successful enough to spawn a horror film cycle at ...

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810850133

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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The original edition of Planks of Reason was the first academic critical anthology on horror. In retrospect, it appeared as a kind of homage to the "golden age" of the American horror film, as this genre played an increasing role in film culture and American life. This revised edition retains the spirit of the original, but also offers new takes on rediscovered classics and recent developments in the genre.

The Vampire Book

The Horror of Dracula was even more influenced by Grand Guignol than was The
Curse of Frankenstein. Its graphic presentation of gore began with memorable
opening frames of dripping red blood and was highlighted by Christopher Lee's ...

Author: J Gordon Melton

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578593507

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 944

View: 175


The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction From Vlad the Impaler to Barnabas Collins to Edward Cullen to Dracula and Bill Compton, renowned religion expert and fearless vampire authority J. Gordon Melton, PhD takes the reader on a vast, alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, pop culture, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead exposes everything about the blood thirsty predator. Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal, and The Vampire Book explores it all. The historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead. In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Transylvania to plague-infested Europe to Nostradamus and from modern literature to movies and TV series, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.

Dracula in the Dark

"I am Dracula." —Christopher Lee, The Horror of Dracula, Hammer Films, 1958
After World War II, film producers and audiences turned away from traditional
horror films, best exemplified by the Universal monster movies of the 1930s and ...

Author: James Craig Holte

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313292159

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 161

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Traces the changing nature of Dracula film representations, from the early silent adaptations to recent popular dramas such as Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Horror Films Virgin Film

'The chill of the tomb won't leave your blood for hours . . . after you come face-to-
face with DRACULA!' US: The Horror of Dracula UK, Hammer Studios, colour, 82
mins Executive Producer: Michael Carreras Producer: Anthony Hinds Associate ...

Author: James Marriott

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144813210X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 369


From the Slick horror of Alien, Scream and The Ring and the cult classics Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy to the slasher icons Jason, Freddy and Leatherface, horror just won’t stay dead. The genre has earned its place in the moviegoing psyche, with many of the key films spawning numerous copycats. But what are the 20 most influential horror films of all time? And what made them so important? James Marriott give an incisive account of the definitive works (and the most influential directors) of the genre over the last 80 years – from silent Expressionist classics to Japanese wraiths. The book reveals the inspiration behind each film and examines the choice of director, cast, soundtrack and marketing. Marriott analyzes the critical reception of each film and examines the subsequent impact on the industry and the public worldwide.

The Vampire in Folklore History Literature Film and Television

“Dracula/Dracula: Some Thoughts About the Hammer and Universal Versions.”
Photon 27 (1977): 40–41. 2982. _____.“Film, Society and Ideas: Nosferatu and
Horror of Dracula.” In Barry Keith Grant. Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror


Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476620831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 388

View: 534


This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

Our Vampires Ourselves

Lane Roth writes with some disdain of the materialism of Horror of Dracula,
opposing it to the cinematic self-consciousness of Nosferatu: “Where in Nosferatu
reality is subjective and mind-dependent, in Horror of Dracula, reality is matter.

Author: Nina Auerbach

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226056180

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

View: 266


This “vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America” examines the many meanings of the vampire myth (Kirkus Reviews). From Byron’s Lord Ruthven to Anne Rice’s Lestat to the black bisexual heroine of Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, vampires have taken many forms, capturing and recapturing our imaginations for centuries. In Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach explores the rich history of this literary and cultural phenomenon to illuminate how every age embraces the vampire it needs—and gets the vampire it deserves. Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Auerbach follows the evolution of the vampire from 19th century England to 20th century America. Using the mercurial figure as a lens for viewing the last two hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history, “this seductive work offers profound insights into many of the urgent concerns of our time” (Wendy Doniger, The Nation).

The Mammoth Book of Dracula

Following this single performance, no one undertook the task of bringing Dracula
to the stage again until 1924, when Hamilton Deane, ... OUTSIDE CASTLE
DRACULA. ... In his creator's own words, this is how the horror of Dracula begins

Author: Stephen Jones

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781849019156

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 340


How will the King of Vampires adapt to the social and technological changes brought by the twenty-first century? Could the Count's condition be cured by modern medicine? How does the mythology perpetuated by literature and movies affect the existence of a real bloodsucker? What if Dracula found himself ruler of a world controlled by vampires? Or perhaps political and ecological catastrophe will result in the Count's final destruction? This tribute to the world's greatest vampire collects together more than 200,000 words of Dracula fiction by masters of dark fantasy such as: Hugh B. Cave, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper, John Gordon, Brian Hodge, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, Roberta Lannes, Thomas Ligotti, Paul J. McAuley, Nicholas Royle, Guy N. Smith and many more. It also includes a brand new story from Charlaine Harris.

Legends of Dracula

The story changed a little more in Horror of Dracula , a British movie that
appeared in 1958 and that was the first to film the Dracula story in color . At the
start of Horror of Dracula , it is Professor Van Helsing ( played by Peter Cushing )
who ...

Author: Thomas Streissguth

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 0822549425

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Discusses Vlad the Impaler, the historical person behind Count Dracula, describes how Bram Stoker came to write his famous novel about him, and examines how the character has been portrayed on stage and screen.

Music in the Horror Film

The vampire movie ranks among the most popular of the various subgenres of
horror film.2 Among other endearing ... Still, the quintessential vampire Dracula
has traditionally embodied the duality of “men's [sic] hidden fears and desires,”5
of ...

Author: Neil Lerner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135280444

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 471


Music in Horror Film is a collection of essays that examine the effects of music and its ability to provoke or intensify fear in this particular genre of film. Frightening images and ideas can be made even more intense when accompanied with frightening musical sounds, and music in horror film frequently makes its audience feel threatened and uncomfortable through its sudden stinger chords and other shock effects. The essays in this collection address the presence of music in horror films and their potency within them. With contributions from scholars across the disciplines of music and film studies, these essays delve into blockbusters like The Exorcist, The Shining, and The Sixth Sense together with lesser known but still important films like Carnival of Souls and The Last House on the Left. By leading us with the ear to hear these films in new ways, these essays allow us to see horror films with fresh eyes.

Horror and the Horror Film

The movie belongs not to the oflicial hero and heroine but to Dracula, Van
Helsing and Renfield. Lugosi makes a stylish count with his evening dress and
opera cape. After the opening sequence with Jonathan Harker in his castle,
Dracula ...

Author: Bruce F. Kawin

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9780857282415

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

View: 162


Horror films can be profound fables of human nature and important works of art, yet many people dismiss them out of hand. ‘Horror and the Horror Film’ conveys a mature appreciation for horror films along with a comprehensive view of their narrative strategies, their relations to reality and fantasy and their cinematic power. The volume covers the horror film and its subgenres – such as the vampire movie – from 1896 to the present. It covers the entire genre by considering every kind of monster in it, including the human.

The Vampire Film

3 VAMPIRE OTHERNESS In the Hammer Studios classic from 1958, The Horror
of Dracula – the film that introduced the ... most famous vampire – the Crew of
Light scours the town (apparently somewhere in Germany) for Dracula's coffin.

Author: Jeffrey Weinstock

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850032

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 631


This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires in cinema can be organised by a handful of governing principles that help make sense of this movie monster's remarkable fecundity. Among these principles are that the cinematic vampire is invariably about sex and the vexed human relationship with technology, and that the vampire is always an overdetermined body condensing what a culture considers other. This volume includes in-depth studies of films including Powell's A Fool There Was, Franco's Vampyros Lesbos, Cronenberg's Rabid, Kümel's Daughters of Darkness, and Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.

The Horror Film Handbook

Dr . JEKYLL and Mr HYDE ( Philippines 69 ) , Dracula ( The Dirty Old Man ) (
Vince Kelly – US 69 ) , Guess What Happened to Count Dracula ? ( Des Roberts
- US 70 ) , El hombre que vino de ummo / GB : Dracula versus Frankenstein (
Spain ...

Author: Alan G. Frank

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Imports

ISBN: UVA:X006041087

Category: Horror films

Page: 194

View: 586


Supplies credits, plot summaries, and sample reviews for horror movies from around the world and lists the horror films of popular actors, directors, and creators of special effects

Such a Dark Thing

“Much has been made of the obvious anticipation and delight of Dracula's female
victims in Fisher's films . . . Dracula's female victims enjoy being attacked. [in The
horror of dracula (1958)] Lucy [carol Marsh] prepares herself almost as a ritual ...

Author: M. Jess Peacock

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630878184

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 557


Evil, death, demons, reanimation, and resurrection. While such topics are often reserved for the darker mindscapes of the vampire subgenre within popular culture, they are equally integral elements of religious history and belief. Despite the cultural shift of presenting vampires in a secular light, the traditional figure of the vampire within cinema and literature has a rich legacy of serving as a theological marker. Whether as a symbol of the allure of sin, as an apologetic for assorted religious icons, or as a gateway into a discussion of liberationist theology, the vampire has served as a spiritual touchstone from Bram Stoker's Dracula, to Stephen King's Salem's Lot, to the HBO television series True Blood. In Such a Dark Thing, Jess Peacock examines how the figure of the vampire is able to traverse and interconnect theology and academia within the larger popular culture in a compelling and engaging manner. The vampire straddles the ineffable chasm between life and death and speaks to the transcendent in all of us, tapping into our fundamental curiosity of what, if anything, exists beyond the mortal coil, giving us a glimpse into the interminable while maintaining a cultural currency that is never dead and buried.

Brick Dracula and Frankenstein

Stoker's horror Dracula stories and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein are among the
bestof all time, spawning hundreds of derivative works and inspiring the dark
imaginations of storytellers all over the world. As works of gothic fiction in the late

Author: Amanda Brack

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781629148878

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 141


Get caught up in the two most famous scary stories of all time depicted in LEGO bricks! Creep your way through the shadowy sets of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula in this amazing brick adaptation. With one thousand color photographs, these stories and their monsters come alive in full plastic horror! Stare in awe as Dr. Frankenstein brings his brick monster to life in a risky science experiment, and brace yourself as the creature steps out into the world. Travel to Count Dracula’s giant brick castle in Transylvania, and beware as he taunts his prey in the night. Watch brick Van Helsing discover the cause of poor Lucy’s illness, and follow him as he prepares his plot to save her. These classic horror stories are retold with a classic construction toy, staying true to their original forms in this modestly abridged collection. For young readers, LEGO adorers, and devotees to gothic literature, Brick Frankenstein and Dracula is a mesmerizing new take to the founding tales of fright! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


HORROR OF DRACULA horrible fate . Dracula travels to London BRIDES OF
DRACULA is perhaps Hammer 1958 and hides in the catacombs of a large
Hammer ' s greatest film from the estate where he makes the move on studio ' s
earlier ...

Author: Robert Marrero


ISBN: IND:30000039051846

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 120

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No other book captures the true essence of the vampire movie as well as this book. Marrero reviews hundreds of vampire films from Nosferator (1922) to Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Over 150 black-and-white illustrations and a complete film index make this book the definitive guide to the vampire film.

Charnel House Blues

Like all elements of 'the arts' the horror genre comes and goes in cycles, waiting
for a new generation to discover its spine-tingling delights. Dracula is as popular
now as when it was first written and millions of people worldwide are familiar ...

Author: Suzanne Ruthven

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782794158

Category: Fiction

Page: 139

View: 451


A view of vampire culture through the eyes of Lord Ruthven - the first vampire in the literary world from John Polidori's 'The Vampyre'. Written as faction, Lord Ruthven rarely appears in vampiric anthologies and has never been filmed - neither has he ever been vanquished!

The Horror Reader

( Conrad : 1921 , 62 ) - - - - - - - - - - - - - D RAM STOKER ' S DRACULA
participates in that ' modernizing ' of Gothic D which occurs at the close of the
nineteenth century . Like Stevenson ' s Dr . Jekyll and Mr . Hyde ( 1886 ) and
Wilde ' s Picture ...

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041521355X

Category: Social Science

Page: 414

View: 630


This study brings together writings on this controversial genre, spanning the history of horror in literature and film. It discusses texts from the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Hong Kong.

Who s who of the Horrors and Other Fantasy Films

Lean , towering British character actor , well known as Dracula in numerous films
from 1958 . His conception of the vampire count in The Horror of Dracula , 1958 ,
is the first to stress the character ' s inherent sexuality , and Lee has become the ...

Author: David Hogan

Publisher: A S Barnes & Company

ISBN: UVA:X006082652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 279

View: 507


Beyond the Stars Themes and ideologies in American popular film

The Pleasures of Evil : Hedonism and the Contemporary Horror Film Gary
Hoppenstand Though horror films have ... in the traditional horror film , is based
upon a violation of religious taboos ( as in Tod Browning ' s Dracula ) or a
violation of ...

Author: Paul Loukides

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879727012

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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The essays in Beyond the Stars 5 examine a small but important sample of the conventional themes and ideologies treated in popular film. Among the topics covered are family, social class, gender roles, politics, warfare, hedonism, and the 1960s.

Horror International

12 Beyond Dracula and Ceausescu : Phenomenology of Horror in Romanian
Cinema Christina Stojanova We are in Transylvania , and Transylvania is not
England . Our ways are not your ways , and there shall be to you many strange
things .

Author: Steven Jay Schneider

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814331017

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 949


A close look at horror films from around the world, drawing attention to neglected social, cultural, and ideological aspects of the horror genre in international cinema.