The Monster Show

The Monster Show
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Total Pages : 432
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ISBN-10 : 0859652114
ISBN-13 : 9780859652117
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Book Synopsis The Monster Show by : David J. Skal

Download or read book The Monster Show written by David J. Skal and published by . This book was released on 1994 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Illuminating the dark side of the American century, "The Monster Show" uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements. With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. Now with a new Afterword by the author that looks at horror's popular renaissance in the last decade, "The Monster Show" is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre.


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