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Justin D. Edwards and Johan Höglund (Editors) - B-Movie Gothic – International Perspectives

B-Movie Gothic explores the neglected subject of Gothic B-movies in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. It covers US, British, Spanish, Turkish and Japanese Gothic, as well as the influence of Gothic on Scandinavian, Chinese, Tanzanian and Indian low-budget cinema, from the 1950s to the present. The book explores how modes and tropes from Gothic fiction have been integrated into B-movies

Following the Second World War, low-budget B-movies that explored and exploited Gothic narratives and aesthetics became a significant cinematic expression of social and cultural anxieties. Influencing new trends in European, Asian and African filmmaking, these films carried on the tradition established by the Gothic novel, and yet they remain part of a largely neglected subject. B-Movie Gothic highlights their transgressive, transnational and provocative nature, and shows the genre as a relentlessly creative form, filled with political tensions and moving from shocking conservatism to profound social critique.

Paperback, published in 2019, 236 pages, 15 black&white illustrations

Table of Contents:



Justin D Edwards and Johan Höglund

Section I: America
Chapter One: Its, Blobs and Things: Gothic Beings Out of Time, Justin D Edwards
Chapter Two: Re-Scripting Blaxploitation Horror: Ganja and Hess and the Gothic Mode, Maisha Wester
Chapter Three: Alucardas and Alucardos: Vampiric Obsessions, Gothic, and Mexican Cult Horror Cinema, Enrique Ajuria Ibarra
Chapter Four: Gothic Forests and Mangroves: Ecological Disasters in Zombio and Mangue Negro, Daniel Serravalle de Sá

Section II: Europe
Chapter Five: Mummies, Vampires, and Doppelgangers: Hammer’s B-Movies and Classic Gothic Fiction, John Edgar Browning
Chapter Six: Fantaterror: Gothic Monsters in the Golden Age of Spanish B-Movie Horror, 1968-80, Xavier Aldana Reyes
Chapter Seven: Austro-Trash, Class, and the Urban Environment: The Politics of Das Ding aus der Mur and its Prequel, Michael Fuchs
Chapter Eight: Wither the Present, Wither the Past: The Low Budget Gothic Horror of Stockholm Syndrome Films, Johan Höglund
Chapter Nine: Turkish B-movie Gothic: Making the Undead Turkish in Ölüler Konuşmaz Ki, Tuğçe Bıçakçı Syed

Section III: Africa and Asia
Chapter Ten: Filamu ya kutisha: Tanzanian Horror Films as B-Movie Gothic, Claudia Böhm
Chapter Eleven: Psychopaths and Gothic Lolitas: Japanese B-Movie Gothic in Gen Takahashi’s Goth: Love and Death and Go Ohara’s Gothic & Lolita Psycho, Jimmy D. McRoy
Chapter Twelve: Hong Kong Gothic: Category III Films as Gothic Cinema, Katarzyna Ancuta
Chapter Thirteen: B is for Bhayanak: Past, Present and Pulp in Bollywood Gothic, Tabish Khair


Publisher: Edinburgh University Press / ISBN: 9781474455091
Medium: Book
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