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[ecrea] New book: The Curse of Frankenstein

Wed May 06 17:31:42 GMT 2015

*The Curse of Frankenstein (Devil's Advocates) *

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book /The Curse of
Frankenstein/. It is an entry in Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series and
explores the landmark 1957 Hammer horror of the same name.

 From the Columbia University Press website:

Critics abhorred it, audiences loved it, and Hammer executives were
thrilled with the box office returns:/The Curse of Frankenstein/was big
business. The 1957 film is the first to bring together in a horror movie
the 'unholy two', Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, together with the
Hammer company, and director Terence Fisher, combinations now legendary
among horror fans. In his Devil's Advocate, Marcus Harmes goes back to
where the Hammer horror production started, looking at the film from a
variety of perspectives: as a loose literary adaptation of Mary
Shelley's novel; as a film that had, for legal reasons, to avoid
adapting from James Whale's 1931 film for Universal Pictures; and as one
which found immediate sources of inspiration in the Gainsborough bodice
rippers of the 1940s and the poverty row horrors of the 1950s. Later
Hammer horrors may have consolidated the reputation of the company and
the stars, but these works had their starting point in the creative and
commercial choices made by the team behind/The Curse of Frankenstein/.
In the film sparks fly, new life is created and horrors unleashed but
the film itself was a jolt to 1950s cinema going that has never been
entirely surpassed.

1. The Film and its Critics
2. Adapting and Transgressing
3. The Book: Adapting Shelley
4. Cinema Part 1: Horror before Hammer
5. Cinema Part 2: Heritage and Horror

*ISBN *1906733856

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