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Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema

Traces of a Lost Decade

by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare Editor · Charlie Ellbé Editor

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The 1940s is a lost decade in horror cinema, undervalued and written out of most horror scholarship. This collection revises, reframes, and deconstructs persistent critical binaries that have been put in place by scholarly discourse to label 1940s horror as somehow inferior to a "classical" period or "canonical" mode of horror in the 1930s, especially as represented by the monster films of Universal Studios. The book's four sections re-evaluate the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors informing 1940s horror cinema to introduce new theoretical frameworks and to open up space for scholarly discussion of 1940s horror genre hybridity, periodization, and aesthetics. Chapters focused on Gothic and Grand Guignol traditions operating in forties horror cinema, 1940s proto-slasher films, the independent horrors of the Poverty Row studios, and critical reevaluations of neglected hybrid films such as The Vampire's Ghost (1945) and "slippery" auteurs such as Robert Siodmak and Sam Neufield, work to recover a decade of horror that has been framed as having fallen victim to repetition, exhaustion, and decline.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication Date:
2014

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Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare (Editor)

Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare teaches courses on genre cinema and monster ethics in the Humanities Department of John Abbott College. Charlie Ellbé has an M.A. in film studies at Concordia University in Montréal, with a focus on art direction in 1930s ...

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Creators

Contributor :
Mark Jancovich
Contributor :
Gary D. Rhodes
Contributor :
David Hanley
Editor :
Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare
Editor :
Charlie Ellbé
Editor :
Kristopher Woofter
Contributor :
Paul Corupe
Contributor :
Blair Davis
Contributor :
Louise Fenton
Contributor :
Anne Golden
Contributor :
Karen Herland
Contributor :
Kier-La Janisse
Contributor :
Cory Legassic
Contributor :
Peter Marra
Contributor :
Ian Olney
Contributor :
Dennis R. Perry
Contributor :
Selma Purac
Contributor :
Rick Trembles
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