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Author Walker, Michael, author

Title Modern ghost melodramas : 'What lies beneath' / Michael Walker
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (467 pages) : illustrations
Series Film culture in transition
Film culture in transition.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; The Gothic Tradition; Freud and Motifs; 2. Three Major Predecessors; The Haunted House; The Changeling (Peter Medak, Canada, 1979); The Malevolent Hotel; The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, GB, 1980); The Avenging Ghost; Ghost Story (John Irvin, US, 1981); 3. The Fallow Years: An Assortment of Ghosts; Bringing Back the Past; Lady in White (Frank LaLoggia, US, 1988) and Ijintachi tono natsu/The Discarnates (Nobuhiko Obayashi, Japan, 1988); Lady in White; The Discarnates; Benevolent Ghosts; Ghost (Jerry Zucker, US, 1990)
13. Ghosts and Institutions 1: South KoreaThe School; The Yeogo goedam films; Whispering Corridors (Park Ki-hyeong 1998); Voice (Choi Equan 2005); A Blood Pledge (Lee Jong-yong 2009); The Department Store; Geoul sokeru/Into the Mirror (Kim Sung-ho 2003); 14. Ghosts and Institutions 2: The West; The Hospital; Riget/The Kingdom (4-part TV series) (Lars von Trier & Morten Arnfred, Denmark, 1994); Fragile/Frágiles (Jaume Balagueró, Spain/UK, 2005); The Prison; Gothika (Mathieu Kassovitz, US, 2003); 15. National Variations; Hong Kong; Inner Senses (Lo Chi-leung 2002); India
Always (Steven Spielberg, US, 1989)The Seductive Revenant; Haunted (Lewis Gilbert, UK/ US, 1995); Seminal Films; 4. Ghosts in the City; A Ghost World; The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, US, 1999); Working-class Tensions; Stir of Echoes (David Koepp, US, 1999); 5. Ghosts in the Machine; Ringu/Ring (Hideo Nakata, Japan, 1998) and Ringu 2/Ring 2 (Nakata, Japan, 1999); Ringu 2; 6. Schoolgirl Angst; Kokkuri-san/Kokkuri (Takahisa Zeze, Japan, 1997); Memento Mori (Kim Tae-yong & Min Kyu-dong, South Korea, 1999); 7. Childhood Abuse
In Dreams (Neil Jordan, US, 1998) and The Dark (John Fawcett, UK/Germany, 2005)The Haunting (Jan de Bont, US, 1999); Evolution of the cycle; 8. Generic Developments 1: Messages from the Dead; A Ghost Movie Thriller; What Lies Beneath (Robert Zemeckis, US, 2000); Southern Gothic; The Gift (Sam Raimi, US, 2000); Bereaved Husband; Dragonfly (Tom Shadyac, US/Germany, 2002); 9. Spain and History 1: Politics and War; El espinazo del diablo/ The Devil's Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, Spain/Mexico, 2001); The Others/Los otros (Alejandro Amenábar, Spain/ US, 2001); 10. Hollywood Reinflections
The Ring (Gore Verbinski 2002) and The Ring Two (Hideo Nakata 2005)The Ring Two; Male Melodrama; Below (David Twohy, 2002); 11. Asian Variations; Pon/Phone (Ahn Byung-ki, South Korea, 2002); Ju-on (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2002) and The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, US, 2004); The Grudge; Chakushin ari/One Missed Call (Takashi Miike, Japan, 2004); 12. Generic Developments 2: Ghosts in the Woman's Film; Honogurai mizu no soko kara/Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, Japan, 2002); Dark Water (Walter Salles, US, 2005); Half Light (Craig Rosenberg, Germany/US, 2006); The Marsh (Jordan Barker, Canada/ US, 2006)
Summary The popular and critical successes of films like 'The Sixth Sense' and the 'Ring' film and its sequels in the late 1990s led to an impressive international explosion of scary films dealing with ghosts. This book takes a close look at a number of those films from different countries. Making a crucial distinction between these atmospheric films and conventional horror, Michael Walker argues that they are most productively seen as ghost melodramas, which opens them up to a powerful range of analytic tools from the study of melodrama, including, crucially, psychoanalysis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ghosts in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9048529344 (electronic bk.)
9789048529346 (electronic bk.)