A study into cult horror films and their remakes

Brand, James (2007) A study into cult horror films and their remakes. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The dissertation investigates why certain films have come to be regarded as cult texts and the difficulties in establishing this. I explore specifically at the notion of cult films in relation to the horror film genre, focusing on the films The Wicker Man (Hardy. 1973), Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974). I also investigate the phenomenon of remakes, using the examples; The Wicker Man (LaBute, 2006), Psycho (Van Sant, 1998) and investigated the relationship between these remakes and their original films, the reasons for them to have been remade and the involvement of cult status in regards to film remaking. I argue the success of each from a variety of critical responses that I collected as primary research. Analysing these films saw a body of attributes emerge that defined each film as a cult text and reflected how the horror genre has developed throughout cinema. I analysed these selected films to collect primary research and also used various secondary texts to establish the arguments and support the conclusions that I reached.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/306

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