New PDF release: Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them

By Ron Backer

ISBN-10: 078649896X

ISBN-13: 9780786498963

Vintage horror motion pictures akin to Dracula, Frankenstein and the image of Dorian grey are in response to recognized novels. much less good known-even to avid horror fans-are the various different memorable movies in accordance with literary works. starting within the silent period and carrying on with to the current, a number of horror movies discovered their notion in novels, novellas, brief tales and poems, even though lots of those written works are lengthy forgotten. This publication examines forty three works of literature-from the well-known to the obscure-that supplied the root for sixty two horror movies. either the written works and the flicks are analyzed seriously, with an emphasis at the symbiosis among the 2.

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With little makeup, the handsome Jekyll has been transformed into the repulsive Hyde. Unfortunately, there is then a disconcertingly ineffective (by today’s standards) dissolve as Barrymore’s fingers grow longer and misshapen, although those The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson) 47 In this publicity photograph of a scene near the conclusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), Mr. Hyde ( John Barrymore) turns his attention to Millicent Carew (Martha Mansfield), the love interest of Dr.

The creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a killing machine only, with few vestiges of humanity. Indeed, the whole section of the film where the monster goes off on his own and eventually meets the blind man’s family does not work because the thoughts of the creature are never conveyed to the audience. Mary Shelley’s novel, which is told from the viewpoint of the creature at this point in the story, is much more effective in this regard. There is, however, an interesting and different theme put forth in the film, which is only a subtext of the book.

Thus a film about the supernatural, madness, gambling and the selling of souls ends on a happy note, a satisfactory conclusion for the viewer after all of the horror that has gone before. Other Adaptations There have been many other film versions of Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades,” including several from France and Russia. In addition, an opera based upon “The Queen of Spades,” composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1890. Titled Pikovaya dama in Russian, the opera has been performed many times since.

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