Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953-1968
Kevin HeffernanISBN: 0822332159;
Book DescriptionThe Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Tingler, the Mole People?they stalked and oozed into audiences? minds during the era that followed Boris Karloff?s Frankenstein and preceded terrors like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Chucky (Child?s Play). Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold pulls off the masks and wipes away the slime to reveal how the monsters that frightened audiences in the 1950s and 1960s?and the movies they crawled and staggered through?reflected fundamental changes in the film industry. Providing the first economic history of the horror film, Kevin Heffernan shows how the production, distribution, and exhibition of horror movies changed as the studio era gave way to the conglomeration ofNew Hollywood. Heffernan argues that major cultural and economic shifts in the production and reception of horror films began at the time of the 3-d film cycle of 1953?54 and ended with the 1968 adoption of the Motion Picture...
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