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Rhetoric of Modern Death in American Living Dead Films
Author: Outi Hakola

ISBN: 9781783203796
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 30 November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.3
Description:
Zombies, vampires, and mummies are frequent stars of American horror films. But what does their cinematic omnipresence and audiences' hunger for such films tell us about American views of death? Here, Outi Hakola investigates the ways in which American living-dead films have addressed death through different narrative and rhetorical solutions during the twentieth century. She focuses on films from the 1930s, includingDracula, The Mummy, and White Zombie, films of the 1950s and 1960s such asNight of the Living Dead and The Return of Dracula, and more recent fare likeBram Stoker's Dracula, The Mummy, and Resident Evil. Ultimately, the book succeeds in framing the tradition of living dead films, discussing the cinematic processes of addressing the films' viewers, and analyzing the films' socio-cultural negotiation with death in this specific genre.

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