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The Cinema of John Carpenter


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Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction, by Ian Conrich and David Woods 1 Disorder in the Universe: John Carpenter and the Question of Genre, by Barry Keith Grant 2 Us and Them: Authority and Identity in Carpenter's Films, by David Woods 3 A Siege Mentality? Form and Ideology in Carpenter's Early Siege Films, by Steve Smith 4 Fast and Cheap? The Film Music of John Carpenter, by David Burnand and Miguel Mera 5 Carpenter's Widescreen Style, by Sheldon Hall 6 'A Spook Ride on Film': Carpenter and the Gothic, by Marie Mulvey-Roberts 7 Killing Time ... and Time Again: The Popular Appeal of Carpenter's Horrors and the Impact of The Thing and Halloween, by Ian Conrich 8 Masculinity, Kurt Russell and the Escape Films, by Robert Shail 9 From Elvis to L.A.: Reflections on the Carpenter-Russell Films, by Tony Williams 10 Restorative and Destructive: Carpenter and Maternal Authority, by Suzie Young 11 'Something Came Leaking Out': Carpenter's Unholy Abominations, by Anna Powell 12 Revisionings: Repetition as Creative Nostalgia in the Films of John Carpenter, byRaiford Guins and Omayra Zaragoza Cruz 13 An Interview with John Carpenter, conducted by Ronald V. Borst , compiled by Ian Conrich and David Woods Filmography Bibliography Index

About the Author

Ian Conrich is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at University of Surrey Roehampton and is co-editor of seven books, including the forthcoming Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema. He has written extensively on the horror genre, with his work appearing in A Handbook to Gothic Literature (1998), The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg (2000), The Horror Film Reader (2001), and British Horror Cinema (2001). David Woods is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the co-editor of New Zealand - A Pastoral Paradise? (2000) and he has contributed to Translation, Theory and Latin America: Dimensions of the Third Term (1995) and The Background to Critical Theory: From Kant to Levi-Strauss (2002).


Well-grounded and unpretentious.--Brett Taylor "Video Watchdog "
4 Stars--Empire
These authors...provide much meaningful commentary about a worthwhile group of films truly deserving of this rigorous examination.--Fangoria

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