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Dark Dreams 2.0: A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film from the 1950s to the 21st Century [Hardcover]

Charles Derry , Russell Taylor

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Oct. 29 2009 0786433973 978-0786433971
This critical examination of modern horror cinema highlights particularly how such films reflect social anxieties of their times, representing the most popular, accessible expression of society's everyday fears, but also expressing much about the nation's political values. This revised edition includes new chapters which update the horror genre through the eighties, nineties, and the present. New material focuses on such directors as Brian DePalma, David Cronenberg, and M. Night Shyamalan; high-profile remakes; and wildly popular Asian millennial horror. The book includes more than 800 photographs as well as interviews with William Friedkin, Robert Aldrich, George A. Romero, Curtis Harrington, and William Castle.

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  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (Oct. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786433973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786433971
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 980 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,280,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is really an excellent book on the psychological reasons we go to horror films, what they mean to us, what the metaphors of various manifestations mean, and how our fears reflect in the films that are made"--Film World -- Film Review Annual "Film Review Annual"

About the Author

Charles Derry is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and teaches writing and film criticism at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he is the Coordinator of the Film Studies Program. He has also written on popular culture, melodrama, and soap opera.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential survey of the modern horror field May 14 2010
By Bob Gutowski - Published on Amazon.com
I'm one of the lucky people who bought the original DARK DREAMS back in the late 1970s. It sat on my shelf next to my Clarens and my Butler - I thought it was that important a book. I am delighted to own the new volume, DARK DREAMS 2.0, with its hundreds of frame grabs and beautiful design. At the top, though, is Charles Derry's energetic, intelligent prose. I'm a lifelong student of the horror film, but Derry's book had me ordering DVDs to catch up with a slew of the films he'd discussed that I hadn't seen. It's that kind of book, and if Derry analyzes a film you do own, you'll absolutely want to watch it again. A must-have in every way.

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