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Fear, cultural anxiety, and transformation : horror, science fiction, and fantasy films remade

Author: Scott A Lukas; John Marmysz
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection was inspired by the observation that film remakes offer us the opportunity to revisit important issues, stories, themes, and topics in a manner that is especially relevant and meaningful to contemporary audiences. Like mythic stories that are told again and again in differing ways, film remakes present us with updated perspectives on timeless ideas. While some remakes succeed and others fail
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fear, cultural anxiety, and transformation.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2009
(OCoLC)649169076
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott A Lukas; John Marmysz
ISBN: 9780739124888 0739124889 9780739131404 0739131400 9780739124895 0739124897
OCLC Number: 233030154
Description: vii, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Horror, science fiction, and fantasy films remade / Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz --
Immanent attack : an existential take on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers films / Juneko J. Robinson --
Invasions of fear : the body snatcher theme / Ils Huygens --
Remaking Romero / Shane Borrowman --
Cultural change and nihilism in the Rollerball films / John Marmysz --
Hollywood's remake practices under the copyright regime : French films and Japanese horror films / Myoungsook Park --
Monsters reappearing in Great Yôkai Wars, 1968-2005 / Zilia Papp --
Trading spaces : transnational dislocations in Insomnia/Insomnia and Ju-on/The Grudge / Daniel Herbert --
Second chance : remaking Solaris / Constantine Verevis --
Ape redux : King Kong and the kiwis / Stan Jones --
Distinct identities of Star Trek fan film remakes / Daryl G. Frazetti --
Horror video game remakes and the question of medium : remaking Doom, Silent Hill, and Resident Evil / Scott A. Lukas --
Film remake or film adaptation? New media Hollywood and the digitalizing of gothic monsters in Van Helsing / Costas Constandinides.
Responsibility: edited by Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz.
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"This collection was inspired by the observation that film remakes offer us the opportunity to revisit important issues, stories, themes, and topics in a manner that is especially relevant and meaningful to contemporary audiences. Like mythic stories that are told again and again in differing ways, film remakes present us with updated perspectives on timeless ideas. While some remakes succeed and others fail aesthetically, they always say something about the culture in which - and for which - they are produced."

"Contributors explore the ways in which the fears of death, loss of self, and bodily violence have been expressed and then reinterpreted in such films and remakes as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead, and Dawn of the Dead. Films such as Rollerball, The Ring, The Grudge, The Great Yokai Wars, and Insomnia are discussed as well because of their ability to give voice to collective anxieties concerning cultural change, nihilism, and globalization. While opening on a note that emphasizes the compulsion of filmmakers to revisit issues concerning fear and anxiety, this collection ends by using films like Solaris, King Kong, Star Trek, Doom, and Van Helsing to suggest that repeated confrontation with these issues allows the opportunity for creative and positive transformation."--Jacket.

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If horror is really about the return of the repressed, then the thought of infinite repetition is the most frightening of all: the stifling security in the knowledge that nothing will ever change. Read more...

 
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