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Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre

Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre
Author: Robert Spadoni
ISBN 13: 9780520251229
ISBN 10: 520251229
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2007-09-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 202
List Price: $34.95

"Through meticulous historical research, Spadoni in Uncanny Bodies provides a fine understanding of the aesthetic and cultural context in which the original Universal film version of Dracula appeared. Through analyses of films that came before and after, he successfully restores Dracula's strangeness for a contemporary audience, a strangeness that reflects the rapidly evolving conventions of the early sound film. A significant contribution to reception studies, Uncanny Bodies makes us see why Dracula, while holding little terror for subsequent audiences, is nevertheless both a foundational work for the horror film, and also, paradoxically, an anomaly, one effectively overshadowed by Frankenstein."—William Paul, author of Laughing Screaming: Modern Hollywood Horror and Comedy

"Uncanny Bodies is a pleasure to read. I know of no other work that has looked as closely at early sound and horror films to make a persuasive argument about horror's relation to the beginnings of sound film. Given the voluminous literature on Universal horror films, Spadoni presents some very original ideas and frames his inquiry in an interesting way."—Jan-Christopher Horak, editor of Lovers of Cinema: The First American Film Avant-Garde, 1919-1945