Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses

Author: Chris Nashawaty

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419706691

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 4822

Profiles the independent motion picture writer, director, producer, and actor, featuring commentary from fellow actors and directors.

Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses

Author: Chris Nashawaty

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613129815

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 1951

“Delightful . . . an engrossing oral history . . . As an enthusiastic ode to colorful, seat-of-your-pants filmmaking, this one’s hard to beat.” —Booklist (starred review) “Fantastic—a treasure.” —Stephen King Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses is an outrageously rollicking account of the life and career of Roger Corman—one of the most prolific and successful independent producers, directors, and writers of all time, and self-proclaimed king of the B movie. As told by Corman himself and graduates of “The Corman Film School,” including Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese, this comprehensive oral history takes readers behind the scenes of more than six decades of American cinema, as now-legendary directors and actors candidly unspool recollections of working with Corman, continually one-upping one another with tales of the years before their big breaks. Crab Monsters is supplemented with dozens of full-color reproductions of classic Corman movie posters; behind-the-scenes photographs and ephemera (many taken from Corman’s personal archive); and critical essays on Corman’s most daring films—including The Intruder, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Big Doll House—that make the case for Corman as an artist like no other. “This new coffee table book, brimming with outrageous stills from many of Corman’s hundreds of films, looks at the wild career of the starmaker who was largely responsible for so much of the Hollywood we know today.” —New York Post “Vividly illustrated.” —People “It includes in-depth aesthetic appreciations of ten of Corman’s movies, which, taken together, make a compelling case for Corman as an artist.” — “Outrageously entertaining.” —Parade “Endlessly fascinating.” —PopMatters

Teenage Thunder - A Front Row Look at the 1950s Teenpics

Author: Mark Thomas McGee

Publisher: BearManor Media


Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

View: 2942

“Man, I believe the older generation doesn’t want the younger generation have any fun,” complained one Arizona high school student in the midst of what has often been called “The Fabulous Fifties.” For the first time in history, thanks to a booming post-war economy and an emerging middle class, teenagers had money to spend. They developed their own culture, language and fashion and by 1957 it was their music coming out of the radios and the jukeboxes, and their movies that were out-grossing the big block-busters. This exercise of new power was seen by the old guard as a threat to the social fabric of America. They declared war on everything the kids liked, claiming that everything they liked was turning them into juvenile delinquents. "[F]ascinating factoids and archival quotes. Generously illustrated with relevant posters and stills, TEENAGE THUNDER is a must-read for fans of '50s genre fare." - THE PHANTOM OF THE MOVIES' VIDEOSCOPE

Attack of the Monster Musical

Author: Adam Abraham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350179329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 8226

How many hit musicals are based on films that were shot in two days at a budget of $30,000? The answer is one: Little Shop of Horrors. Roger Corman's monster movie opened in 1960, played the midnight circuit, and then disappeared from view. Two decades later, Little Shop of Horrors opened Off-Broadway and became a surprise success. Attack of the Monster Musical: A Cultural History of Little Shop of Horrors chronicles this unlikely phenomenon. The Faustian tale of Seymour and his man-eating plant transcended its humble origins to become a global phenomenon, launching a popular film adaptation and productions all around the world. This timely and authoritative book looks at the creation of the musical and its place in the contemporary musical theatre canon. Examining its afterlives and wider cultural context, the book asks the question why this unlikely combination of blood, annihilation, and catchy tunes has resonated with audiences from the 1980s to the present. At the core of this in-depth study is the collaboration between the show's creators, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Told through archival research and eyewitness accounts, this is the first book to make extensive use of Ashman's personal papers, offering a unique and inspiring study of one of musical theatre's greatest talents.

Horror Film

Author: Murray Leeder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501314440

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 9832

Throughout the history of cinema, horror has proven to be a genre of consistent popularity, which adapts to different cultural contexts while retaining a recognizable core. Horror Film: A Critical Introduction, the newest in Bloomsbury's Film Genre series, balances the discussions of horror's history, theory, and aesthetics as no introductory book ever has. Featuring studies of films both obscure and famous, Horror Film is international in its scope and chronicles horror from its silent roots until today. As a straightforward and convenient critical introduction to the history and key academic approaches, this book is accessible to the beginner but still of interest to the expert.

Horror in Space

Author: Michele Brittany

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476630623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 7200

In sharp contrast to many 1960s science fiction films, with idealized views of space exploration, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) terrified audiences, depicting a harrowing and doomed deep-space mission. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror set in the great unknown, inspiring filmmakers to take Earth-bound franchises like Leprechaun and Friday the 13th into space. This collection of new essays examines the space horror subgenre, with a focus on such films as Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. Contributors discuss how filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion and supernatural phenomena.

The Mad Max Effect

Author: James Newton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501342304

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 3901

The Mad Max Effect provides an in-depth analysis of the Mad Max series, and how it began as an inventive concoction of a number of influences from a range of exploitation genres (including the biker movie, the revenge film, and the car chase cinema of the 1970s), to eventually inspiring a fresh cycle of international low budget 'road warrior' movies that appeared on home video in the 1980s. The Mad Max Effect is the first detailed academic study of the most famous and celebrated post-apocalypse film series, and examines how a humble Australian action movie came from the cultural margins of exploitation cinema to have a profound impact on the broader media landscape.

100 American Horror Films

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1839021446

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 4186

In 100 American Horror Films, Barry Keith Grant presents entries on 100 films from one of American cinema's longest-standing, most diverse and most popular genres, representing its rich history from the silent era - D.W. Griffith's The Avenging Conscience of 1915 - to contemporary productions - Jordan Peele's 2017 Get Out. In his introduction, Grant provides an overview of the genre's history, a context for the films addressed in the individual entries, and discusses the specific relations between American culture and horror. All of the entries are informed by the question of what makes the specific film being discussed a horror film, the importance of its place within the history of the genre, and, where relevant, the film is also contextualized within specifically American culture and history. Each entry also considers the film's most salient textual features, provides important insight into its production, and offers both established and original critical insight and interpretation. The 100 films selected for inclusion represent the broadest historical range, and are drawn from every decade of American film-making, movies from major and minor studios, examples of the different types or subgenres of horror, such as psychological thriller, monster terror, gothic horror, home invasion, torture porn, and parody, as well as the different types of horror monsters, including werewolves, vampires, zombies, mummies, mutants, ghosts, and serial killers.

The Anarchist Cinema

Author: James Newton

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1789380057

Category: Art

Page: 333

View: 5373

The Anarchist Cinema examines the complex relationships that exist between anarchist theory and film. No longer hidden in obscure corners of cinematic culture, anarchy is a theme that has traversed arthouse, underground and popular film. James Newton explores the notion that cinema is an inherently subversive space, establishes criteria for deeming a film anarchic, and examines the place of underground and DIY filmmaking within the wider context of the category. The author identifies subversive undercurrents in cinema and uses anarchist political theory as an interpretive framework to analyse filmmakers, genres and the notion of cinema as an anarchic space.

The Beat Generation FAQ

Author: Rich Weidman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1617136352

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 5858