Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé, Kristopher Woofter,

By Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé, Kristopher Woofter, Paul Corupe, Blair Davis, Louise Fenton, Anne Golden, David Hanley, Karen Herland, Mark Jancovich, Kier-La Janisse, Cory Legassic, Peter Marra, Ian Olney author of Euro Horror: Classic European

The Forties is a misplaced decade in horror cinema, undervalued and written out of such a lot horror scholarship. This assortment revises, reframes, and deconstructs chronic serious binaries which have been installed position through scholarly discourse to label Forties horror as someway not so good as a “classical” interval or “canonical” mode of horror within the Thirties, specifically as represented by means of the monster motion pictures of common Studios. The book's 4 sections re-examine the historic, political, monetary, and cultural elements informing Forties horror cinema to introduce new theoretical frameworks and to open up area for scholarly dialogue of Forties horror style hybridity, periodization, and aesthetics. Chapters excited by Gothic and Grand Guignol traditions working in forties horror cinema, Forties proto-slasher motion pictures, the self sustaining horrors of the Poverty Row studios, and demanding reevaluations of overlooked hybrid motion pictures resembling The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) and “slippery” auteurs reminiscent of Robert Siodmak and Sam Neufield, paintings to get well a decade of horror that has been framed as having fallen sufferer to repetition, exhaustion, and decline.

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1973: 73). A “Darkly Hypothetical Reality” 21 3. For example, The House on 92nd Street (Henry Hathaway, 1945), 13 Rue Madeleine (Henry Hathaway, 1947), Boomerang! (Elia Kazan, 1947), Call Northside 777 (1948, d. Henry Hathaway), and The Whistle at Eaton Falls (Robert Siodmak, 1951). 4. The other films in the series are The Leopard Man (1943) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943), both directed by Jacques Tourneur; The Ghost Ship (1943) and The Seventh Victim (1943), both directed by Mark Robson; Curse of the Cat People (1944) and The Body Snatcher (1945), both directed by Robert Wise; and Isle of the Dead (1945) and Bedlam (1946) both directed by Robson.

Eric Savoy argues that “the overarching tendency of the [American] Gothic has been toward a suspension between the immediacy of terrible affect and its linguistic and epistemological unaccountability” (1998: 14). Some 1940s horror films seem as distant historically and spatially from the immediate or remote concerns of World War II as Poe’s allegorical tales seem to be from the rapidly industrializing nineteenth century United States; yet they similarly redraw the American landscape in terms of affect and excess, evoking a sense of dread infused by the spectral and the uncanny.

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