Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Euro Horror explores a surprising development in American popular culture: the substantial cult following garnered since the late 1990s by films from the golden age of twentieth-century Continental European horror cinema. Between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s, these Euro horror movies emerged from...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvii

This book underwent a lengthy period of gestation prior to its publication; its completion would not have been possible without the insight, feedback, encouragement, and support of a great many people. It began its life as a research project I undertook at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Several mentors...

Note on Film Titles

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pp. xix-21

PART 1. TOWARD A PERFORMATIVE THEORY OF EURO HORROR CINEMA

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pp. 1-23

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1. Academic Hot Spots and Blind Spots: Horror Film Studies and Euro Horror Cinema

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pp. 3-22

There has been an explosion of interest in horror cinema among film scholars in recent years; in the first decade of the twenty-first century especially, the genre received unprecedented attention in the field of Film Studies. Perhaps the most visible sign of the current scholarly fascination with horror cinema is the record...

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2. Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control: The Academic Case against Euro Horror Cinema

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pp. 23-45

To begin, I argue that Euro horror’s liminal presence in Film Studies is partly due to the fact that when making decisions about which movies to analyze, scholars continue – consciously or not – to rely upon traditional aesthetic criteria. Although ideological rather than aesthetic issues have been the primary focus of film...

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3. Playing Dead, Take One: Euro Horror Film Production

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pp. 46-60

Euro horror movies encourage performative spectatorship because of the way in which they are made. I want to be mindful of the danger of overgeneralizing about the common identity of these films, despite – or rather because of – the fact that they are regularly lumped together by their contemporary American...

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4. Playing Dead, Take Two: Euro Horror Film Reception

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pp. 61-82

Postmodern filmmaking practices provide part of the explanation for the performative spectatorship fostered by Euro horror cinema, but not a full account. For that, we need to consider the uniquely performative ways in which Euro horror movies are now being watched in the United States. To a certain extent, film viewing...

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5. Return of the Repressed: Euro Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture

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pp. 83-99

As we scan the landscape of mainstream cinema in the United States today, it becomes easier to understand why Euro horror movies like The House by the Cemetery and Troll 2 currently hold such allure. For all its commitment to crowd-pleasing spectacle, contemporary Hollywood cinema simply does not offer...

PART 2. CASE STUDIES IN EURO HORROR CINEMA

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pp. 101-123

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6. Blood and Black Lace: The Giallo Film

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pp. 103-141

Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace chronicles in gruesome detail the crimes of a silent, black-clad, white-masked killer, who, armed with an iron claw, stalks and brutally slays half a dozen beautiful female models employed at a fashion salon in Rome. The chain of murders begins in the opening scene, when the first...

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7. The Whip and the Body: The S& M Horror Film

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pp. 142-181

Mario Bava’s kinky gothic melodrama La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and the Body, 1963) stars Christopher Lee as Kurt Menliff, a sadistic aristocrat who returns to his family’s ancestral home after a period of banishment to reclaim his patrimony as the eldest son of the ailing Count Menliff (Gustavo De Nardo) and to...

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8. Cannibal Apocalypse: Cannibal and Zombie Films

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pp. 182-216

Antonio Margheriti’s Apocalypse domani (Cannibal Apocalypse, 1980) tells the story of retired Green Beret captain Norman Hopper (John Saxon), who attempts to settle back into life in suburban Atlanta after serving in the Vietnam War, only to find that he is suffering not only from post-traumatic stress disorder...

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CONCLUSION: From the Grindhouse to the Arthouse: The Legacy of Euro Horror Cinema

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pp. 217-232

As I noted in part 1 of this book, the golden age of Euro horror cinema more or less came to an end with the 1980s. By then, the economic, industrial, and cultural factors that had sustained the rampant production of European horror films for over three decades were simply no longer operant. In the first place, movie...

Works Cited

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pp. 233-240

Index

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pp. 243-257