A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema

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Abstract

Horror is one of the most enduringly popular genres in cinema. The term “horror film” was coined in 1931 between the premiere of Dracula and the release of Frankenstein, but monsters, ghosts, demons, and supernatural and horrific themes have been popular with American audiences since the emergence of novelty kinematographic attractions in the late 1890s. A Place of Darkness illuminates the prehistory of the horror genre by tracing the way horrific elements and stories were portrayed in films prior to the introduction of the term “horror film.”
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)1477315519
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Horror
  • Film
  • America

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