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Elder horror : essays on film's frightening images of aging

Author: Cynthia J Miller; A Bowdoin Van Riper
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of new essays explores how various filmic portrayals of aging--as an inescapable horror destined to overtake us all, as a terrifying time of reckoning with the past, as a portal to unimaginable powers--reflect our complex attitudes towards the elderly"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia J Miller; A Bowdoin Van Riper
ISBN: 9781476675374 1476675376
OCLC Number: 1088670694
Description: viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction / Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper --
I. Victims No More. "Ask not what your rest home can do for you" : Self-Agency and Public Service in Bubba Ho-Tep / Philip L. Simpson ; Panic in Detroit : Don't Breathe and the Fear of Old Cities, Homes and Men / Isaac Rooks ; "It's the work of a crazy old woman" : Revenge of the Elderly in The Devil-Doll / Martin F. Norden ; From Beneficent Elderly to Vile M'others : Familial Relations and Cannibalism in Troma's Rabid Grannies (1988) / Steve J. Webley --
II. Aesthetics of Decay. The Shock of Aging (Women) in Horror Film / Dawn Keetley ; "To Grandmother's house we go" : Documenting the Horror of the Aging Woman in Found Footage Films / Maddi McGillvray ; "More like music" : Aging, Abjection and Dementia at the Overlook Hotel / Sue Matheson ; The Skeleton Key, the Southern Gothic and the Uncanny Decay of Teleological History / Jessica Balanzategui --
III. Elders as Others/Outsiders. Making the Hard Choices : The Economics of Damnation in Drag Me to Hell / Cynthia J. Miller ; "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ugliest of them all?" The Elderly as "Other" in Countess Dracula / Jennifer Richards ; Old and In the Way : Torments of the Aging Male in Psycho II / Hans Staats ; The Limits of "Sundowning" : M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit and the Horror of the Aging Body / Stephanie M. Flint --
IV. Fighting Back Time. "The powers of time can be altered" : The Ambiguities of Aging in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) / Thomas Prasch ; "You can be young forever" : The Dread of Aging in Tony Scott's Art-Horror Film The Hunger / James J. Ward ; The Brittle Body : The Elderly and Cars in The Brotherhood of Satan / Brian Brems ; The Evil Aging Women of American Horror Story / Karen J. Renner --
V. What the Old Folks Know. Disturbing the Past : Horror and Historical Memory in Ghost Story (1981) / A. Bowdoin Van Riper ; Becoming Dr. Caligari / Robert B. Luehrs ; "Some kind of special" : Queering Death Through Elder/Child Relationships in The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia / Olivia Oliver-Hopkins ; Flowers in the Attic : The Elderly as Monster / Liam T. Webb.
Responsibility: edited by Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper.

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