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Dark places : the haunted house in film

Author: Barry Curtis
Publisher: London : Reaktion, 2008.
Series: Locations (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study, Curtis demonstrates how the claustrophobic interiors of haunted spaces in films connect to the 'dark places' of the human psyche. He examines diverse topics such as the special effects used in movies to evoke supernatural creatures; the structures, projections and architecture of horror movie sets; and ghosts as symbols of loss, amnesia, injustice and vengeance. Dark Places also examines the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Curtis, Barry.
Dark places.
London : Reaktion, 2008
(OCoLC)680475956
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Curtis
ISBN: 9781861893895 1861893892
OCLC Number: 225876068
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Contents: The haunted house --
Gothic and the uncanny --
Film: 'a fragile semblance' --
Unreal estate.
Series Title: Locations (London, England)
Responsibility: Barry Curtis.

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Horror films revel in taking viewers into shadowy places where evil resides, whether it is a house, a graveyard or a dark forest. This title leads us inside these haunted spaces to explore them and  Read more...

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