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Cult Cinema

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7373-5
312 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Cult Cinema: an Introduction presents the first in-depth academic examination of all aspects of the field of cult cinema, including audiences, genres, and theoretical perspectives.
  • Represents the first exhaustive introduction to cult cinema
  • Offers a scholarly treatment of a hotly contested topic at the center of current academic debate
  • Covers audience reactions, aesthetics, genres, theories of cult cinema, as well as historical insights into the topic
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List of Figures.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I Receptions and Debates.

1 Cult Reception Contexts.

2 The Cult Cinema Marketplace.

3 Prestige, Awards, and Festivals.

4 Censorship and Criticism.

5 Fandom and Subculture.

6 The Cult Auteur.

7 Cult Stardom.

8 Camp and Paracinema.

9 Transgression and Freakery.

10 Gender and Sexuality.

11 Transnationalism and Orientalism.

12 Religion and Utopia.

Part II Themes and Genres.

13 Exploitation and B Movies.

14 Underground and Avant-garde Cinema.

15 Cult Cinema and Drugs.

16 Cult Cinema and Music.

17 Classical Hollywood Cults.

18 Cult Horror Cinema.

19 Cult Science Fiction Cinema.

20 Cult Blockbusters.

21 Intertextuality and Irony.

22 Meta-cult.

Filmography.

References.

Credits and Sources.

Index.

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Ernest Mathijs is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His books include The Cult Film Reader (co-editor), three books on the reception of The Lord of the Rings, and The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero.

Jamie Sexton is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Northumbria University, UK. He is the author of Alternative Film Culture in Inter-War Britain (2008), editor of Music, Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual (2007), and co-editor (with Laura Mulvey) of Experimental British Television (2007).

Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton are also co-editors of the book series Cultographies.

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  • Introduces the major areas of debate circulating around cult movies: reception, aesthetics, and politics/theory
  • Explores prominent cult topics, like fandom, subculture, taste, auteurs, stars, fanzines, and festivals; each topic suggesting further reading and noting related films
  • Includes numerous case studies of (in) famous cult movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Donnie Darko, Casablanca, Eraserhead, and The Lord of the Rings
  • Offers exhaustive bibliography and a glossary of cult-related language
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