The Exorcist Effect

The Exorcist Effect
Author: Joseph P. Laycock,Laycock/Harrelson,Eric Harrelson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2023-11-07
Genre: Horror films
ISBN: 9780197635391

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The Exorcist Effect is a fascinating historical study of the ongoing relationship between horror movies and Western religious culture, with a focus on the period from 1968 to the modern day. Taking its name from the 1973 film The Exorcist, which was widely understood to be based on a true story, this book outlines a cycle in which religious beliefs and practices become the basis of films that in turn inspire religious beliefs, practices, and experiences in response. Authors Joseph P. Laycock and Eric Harrelson draw heavily from archival research to shed new light on the details of this phenomenon, in addition to incorporating interviews with horror authors, film writers, and paranormal investigators. Drawing on psychology, sociology, and folklore studies, Laycock and Harrelson theorize how film informs religious experience and shapes religious culture. The Exorcist Effect examines the production and reception of Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Exorcist (1973), and The Omen (1976) as seminal films in the genre; figures as Malachi Martin as well as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who inserted themselves directly into the spotlight, and the horror films that influenced and were inspired by their careers; and areas of culture where the influence of this cycle was most apparent-the Satanic Panic, religious exorcisms, and moral panic over heavy metal and the messages it was purported to spread. The final chapter considers the QAnon conspiracy theory and its numerous allusions to film as a contemporary manifestation of "The Exorcist effect." Ultimately, The Exorcist Effect is a deftly researched and compelling volume that is sure to interest horror buffs, religious scholars, and historians alike.

Rock Roll Nightmares

Rock   Roll Nightmares
Author: Staci Layne Wilson
Publsiher: Excessive Nuance
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-01-08
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1737513943

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Welcome To Your Nightmare? again!Rock & Roll Nightmares, Volume 1 scratched the sinister surface with tales of the 27 Club, rock 'n' roll suicides, plane crashes, curses, and more. Now the 5-star series continues with concert mayhem, an unflinching look at the "baby groupie" trend of the 1970s, Satanic panic, horrific home invasions, musicians who've died on stage, rockers who lived on borrowed time, gun-toting music producers, deadly DJs, and much more. You will read about:Murdered rock stars, hitmen hired, and narrow escapesShocking stories of rockers who've served time for violent crimesDevil worship and belief in the occultFolks on the fringe who took their obsessions too farPyrotechnics gone horribly wrongMusicians mowed down by deadly diseaseMysteries solved, graves robbed, fortunes stolen, and more!Rock & Roll Nightmares: True Stories, Volume 2 is a meticulously-researched, up-to-date, entertaining, and shocking book that rounds up the tragic tales from the 1960s to the present day. (Oh-there's a whole series of fiction Rock & Roll Nightmares books, too!)About the Author: Staci Layne Wilson has been writing professionally about rock music for decades and is the director of the award-winning documentary, The Ventures: Stars on Guitars. She is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (a 501c3 nonprofit charity).

The Horror of It All

The Horror of It All
Author: Adam Rockoff
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-05-19
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781476761862

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Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as Adam Rockoff, “a passionate fan of the horror genre in all its forms,” (The New York Times) recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between. Horror films have simultaneously captivated and terrified audiences for generations, racking up millions of dollars at the box office and infusing our nightmares with chainsaws, goblins, and blood-spattered machetes. Today’s hottest television shows feature classic horror elements, from marauding zombies and sexy vampires to myriad incarnations of the devil himself. Yet the horror genre and its controversial offshoots continue to occupy a nebulous space in our critical dialogue. The Horror of It All is a memoir from the front lines of the horror industry that dissects (and occasionally defends) the massively popular phenomenon of scary movies. Author Adam Rockoff delivers “the sharpest pop culture criticism you’ll find in any medium today,” (Rue Morgue) as he traces the highs and lows of the genre through the lens of his own obsessive fandom, which began in the horror aisles of his childhood video store and continued with a steady diet of cable trash. From the convergence of horror and heavy metal, to Siskel and Ebert’s crusade against the slasher flick, to the legacy of the Scream franchise, and the behind-the-scenes work of horror directors and make-up artists, Rockoff mines the rich history of the genre, braiding critical analysis with his own firsthand experiences as a horror writer and producer. Filled with mordant wit and sharp insight, The Horror of It All “is an amiable and often amusing guide” (Kirkus Reviews) that explains why horror films not only endure, but continue to prosper. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Screams Nightmares

Screams   Nightmares
Author: Brian J. Robb
Publsiher: Birlinn Ltd
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2022-04-07
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781913538736

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Writer, producer, and director Wes Craven has successfully tapped into the horror vein for over forty years, serving up scary, funny, cutting-edge thrillers that have become classics in the genre. His films have been both critical and commercial successes, most notably Nightmare on Elm Street, which spawned a series of sequels and made Craven (and his creation, Freddy Kruger) an international sensation. He then created a second indelible series in the horror movie trope with Scream. In Screams & Nightmares, Brian J. Robb examines Craven's entire career, from his low-budget beginnings to his most recent box office hits, from the banned thriller The Last House on the Left and the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes to the outrageous Shocker and The People Under the Stairs. Through exclusive interviews with Craven, Robb provides in-depth accounts of the making of each of the films – including the final instalments of the Scream series – Craven's foray into writing novels, and his numerous television projects.

Catalog of Copyright Entries

Catalog of Copyright Entries
Author: Library of Congress. Copyright Office
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1252
Release: 1958
Genre: Copyright
ISBN: STANFORD:36105006281138

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Welcome To My Nightmare The Alice Cooper Story

Welcome To My Nightmare  The Alice Cooper Story
Author: Dave Thompson
Publsiher: Omnibus Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-06-26
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780857127815

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Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of hard rock designed to shock. Drawing from exclusive and unpublished interviews with a variety of names and faces from throughout Alice’s career, the book follows Cooper’s tale from his life growing up as a preacher’s son in Arizona, through the early years of struggle in Phoenix and then Los Angeles, and then onto the rollercoaster ride that has been the years since then. Includes interviews with original bandmates Michael Bruce and the late Glenn Buxton, drummer Neal Smith, the late Frank Zappa, manager Shep Gordon and producer Bob Ezrin. Includes tributes and recollections from many of the artists who call Alice an influence - from the Damned and the Cramps, to White Zombie and Gwar. Session players and songwriters who have made their own contributions to the Alice story recall their days spent with this Prince of Hell-raisers. The result is a story that alternately thrills, shocks, surprises and delights. Includes full discography and bibliography.

Nightmare At 20 000 Feet

Nightmare At 20 000 Feet
Author: Richard Matheson
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-04-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781429913683

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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination. Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including: "Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film; "Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment; "Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire; "Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence. Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Author: Clive Davies
Publsiher: SCB Distributors
Total Pages: 1100
Release: 2015-03-06
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781909394063

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First came video and more recently high definition home entertainment, through to the internet with its streaming videos and not strictly legal peer-to-peer capabilities. With so many sources available, today’s fan of horror and exploitation movies isn’t necessarily educated on paths well-trodden — Universal classics, 1950s monster movies, Hammer — as once they were. They may not even be born and bred on DAWN OF THE DEAD. In fact, anyone with a bit of technical savvy (quickly becoming second nature for the born-clicking generation) may be viewing MYSTICS IN BALI and S.S. EXPERIMENT CAMP long before ever hearing of Bela Lugosi or watching a movie directed by Dario Argento. In this world, H.G. Lewis, so-called “godfather of gore,” carries the same stripes as Alfred Hitchcock, “master of suspense.” SPINEGRINDER is one man’s ambitious, exhaustive and utterly obsessive attempt to make sense of over a century of exploitation and cult cinema, of a sort that most critics won’t care to write about. One opinion; 8,000 reviews (or thereabouts.