'These Children that you spit on': horror and generic hybridity
Manchester University Press
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This essay is a chapter for a book that addresses the concept of adaptation in relation to horror cinema. The chapter focuses upon how various cinematic sub-genres can be successfully integrated to produce a new 'hybrid' genre of 'teenage postmodern horror', containing elements of narrative and structural forms that critique its own generic influences. The chapter explores how the development of horror as a cinematic genre has evolved during the course of the 20th century, creating various sub-genres that respond to political and cultural movements and events. The chapter concludes by examining how Robert Rodriguez’s film The Faculty (1998) combines the tropes and stylistic conventions of teen movies, gothic horror and science fiction to effectively create what the literary critic Thomas Kent has identified as a ‘supergenre’: a process in which the spectator/reader can observe a ‘shift ceaselessly from one set of generic conventions to another’ (Kent, 1986: 22). The other essays within this volume engage with a range of horror texts, from silent horror films through to contemporary films by David Cronenberg, Abel Ferrara and Guillermo del Toro. The volume includes contributions from international academics in the field of film and cultural studies: Brigid Cherry, Julian Petley, Steffen Hantke, I. Q. Hunter, Mikel J. Koven and Ruth Goldberg. This was an invited contribution and the chapter arises out of my research interests in genre, film and popular culture (see previous entry) and informs a major part of my teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutations in Horror Film, pp.82-94
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