Genre and Horror Resources
I was going to make all of these links but, I don't want to have to keep them updated. I originally found all of these books on Amazon - if that doesn't yield results, try half or any used text book website.
Altman, Rick. Film/Genre. London: BFI Publishing, 1999.
Carroll, Noel. The Philosophy of Horror. London: Routledge, 1990.
Clover, Carol J. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton University Press. 1992.
Collins, Min. Film Theory Goes To The Movies : Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film. Edited by Ava Preacher Collins. London: Routledge, 1992.
Cook, Gary, et al. B-Movie Survival Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the In’s and Out’s of Finding a Way to Live till the Final Credits. Wild Things, 1999.
Curry, Christopher Wayne. A Taste for Blood: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis. London: Creation Publishing Group, 2000.
Dixon, Wheeler Winston ed. Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays. New York: State University of New York Press, 2000.
Duff, David, ed. Modern Genre Theory. Longman, 1999.
Edmundson, Mark. Nightmare on Main Street Street : Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic. Harvard University Press, 1998.
Farwell, Mary H.J. “After A Nightmare on Elm Street, director Wes Craven dreams up Shocker’s maniacal killer.” People Weekly 32, no. 20 (1998): 159-61.
Freeland, Cynthia A. The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror. Colorado: Westview Press, 1999.
Gelder, Ken, ed. The Horror Reader. London: Routledge, 2000.
Giles, Jeff. “Keep ‘em Screaming.” Newsweek 130, no. 24 (1997): 70-1.
Goldstein, Jeffrey H., ed. Why We Watch: The Attraction to Violent Entertainment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Grant, Barry Keith, ed. The Dread of the Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Texas: University of Texas Press, 1996.
Grossman, Dave. Stop teaching our kids to kill: a call to action against TV, movie & video game violence.” New York: Crown Publishers, 1999.
Guttmacher, Peter. Legendary Horror Films: Essential Genre History, Offscreen Anecdotes, Special Effects Secrets, Ghoulish Facts and Photographs. New York: MetroBooks, 1995.
Halberstam, Judith. Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters. Duke University Press, 1995.
Haskell, Molly. From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in Movies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
Jameson, Richard, ed. They went thataway: redefining film genres: a National Society of Film Critics video guide. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1994.
Jones, E. Michael. Monsters From the Id: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film. Texas: Spence Pub, 2000.
Keesey, Douglas. “THEY KILL FOR LOVE.” CineAction, Summer 2001, 44.
Klawans, Stuart. “Craven Idolatry.” The Nation 270, no. 9 (2000): 34.
Koehler, Robert. “’Scream’ catalyst for new horror era.” Variety 368, no. 10 (1997): M5
Lacey, Nick. Narrative and Genre: Key Concepts in Media Studies. Palgrave, 2000.
Lavery, David, ed. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks. Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 1995.
Law, John W. Scare Tactic: The Life and Films of William Castle. iUniverse.com, 2000.
Markovitz, Johnathan. “Female Paranoia as Survival Skill: reason or pathology in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street.’” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 17, no. 3 (2000): 211-21.
---. CriticalApproaches to Writing About Film. New Jersey:Prentice Hall, 2000.
McCarthy, John. Splatter Movies: Breaking the Last Taboo of the Screen. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984.
Monaco, James. How To Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, and Multimedia: Language, History, Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Mulvey, Laura. Visual and Other Pleasures. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1989.
Neale, Steve. Genre and Hollywood. London: Routledge, 2000.
Nelmes, Jill, ed. An Introduction to Film Studies. London: Routledge, 1999.
Nichols, Peter M. “Taking the Children.” The New York Times, 16 February 2001,
Parla, Paul. de la, Charles P. Mitchell. Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, and Mystery Movies, 1930’s to 1960’s. McFarland & Company, 2000.
Paul, William. “What rough beasts; confessions of a gross-out maven.” Film Comment 30, no. 6 (1994): 80-5.
---. Laughing, Screaming: Modern Hollywood Horror and Comedy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
Pinedo, Isabel. “Recreational Terror: postmodern elements of the contemporary horror film.” Journal of Film and Video 48, no. 1-2 (1996): 17-35.
Postman, Neil. The Disappearance of Childhood. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
Powers, Tom. Horror Movies. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1989.
Salisbury, Mark, ed. Burton on Burton. Great Britian: Faber and Faber, 1995.
Santino, Jack, ed. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life. Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.
Sharrett, Christopher, ed. Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media. Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 1999.
Simpson, Philip L. Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer Through Contemporary American Film and Fiction. Illinois: Southern Illinois University Pres, 2000.
Solomon, Stanley J. Beyond Formula: American Film Genres. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.
Staiger, Janet. “Hybrid or inbred: the purity hypothesis and Hollywood genre history.” Film Criticism 22, no. 1 (1997): 5-21.
---. Perverse Spectators. New York: New York University Press, 2000.
Tietchen, Todd F. “Samples and Copycats: the cultural implications of the postmodern slasher in contemporary American film.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 26, no. 3 (1998): 98.
Timpone, Anthony, ed. Fangoria’s best horror films. New York: Crescent Books, 1994.
Trencansky, Sarah. “Final Girls and Terrible Youth: Transgression in 1980’s Slasher Horror.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 29, no. 2 (2001): 63.
Tudor, Andrew. “Why horror? The peculiar pleasures of a popular genre.” Cultural Studies 11, no. 3 (1997): 443-61.
Van Gennep, Arnold. The Rites of Passage. Translated by Monika B. Vizedon and Gabrielle L. Caffee. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
Williamson, Kevin. de la, Wes Craven. Scream: A Screenplay. Talk Miramax Books, 1997.
Other Resources To Check Out
Baywater, Tim. An introduction to film criticism: major critical approaches to narrative film. New York: Longman, 1989.
Broeske, Pat H. “Reinventing a Genre.” Writer’s Digest 77, no. 11 (1997): 55.
Browne, Nick, ed. Refiguring American Film Genres: History and Theory. California: University of California Press, 1998.
Cawelti, John G. The Six Gun Mystique Sequel. Popular Press. 1999.
---. “What rough beast – new westerns?” ANQ 9, no. 3 (1996): 4-18.
“Film, TV go back west.” Video Age International 14, no. 3 (1994): 16-17.
Frayling, Christopher. “The Making of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars.” Cineaste 25, no. 3 (2000): 14.
Kaplan, E. Ann. Women in Film Noir. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1999.
Kertzer, David I. Ritual, Politics, and Power. Boston: Yale University Press, 1989.
Kreyche, Gerald F. “Westerns Ride Off Into the Sunset.” USA Today 128, no. 2652 (1999): 82.
Kroll, Jack. “Blazing Saddles.” Newsweek 131, no. 25A (1998): 34-5.
Leighninger, Robert D. “The Western as male soap operas: John Ford’s ‘Rio Grande.’” Journal of Men’s Studies 6, no. 2 (1998): 135-49.
Mitchell, Reid. All on a Mardi Gras Day: Episodes in the History of New Orleans Carnival. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1999.
O’Boyle, J.G. Journal of Popular Film and Television 24, no. 2 (1996): 69-82.
O’Brien, Geffrey. “The movie of the century: it looks both backwards at everything Hollywood had learned about Westerns and forward to things films hadn’t dared do.” American Heritage 49, no. 7 (1998): 16-20.
Paul Lucey. Story Sense: Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1996.
Slotkin, Richard. Gunfighter Nation : The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America. Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.