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American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929

by John T. Soister, Henry Nicolella, Steve Joyce, William F. Chase

American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 Synopsis

During the Silent Era, when most films dealt with dramatic or comedic takes on the boy meets girl, boy loses girl theme, there were also quite a few motion pictures that dared to tackle such topics as rejuvenation, revivication, mesmerism, the supernatural and the grotesque. A Daughter of the Gods (1916), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Magician (1926) and Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) were among the unusual and startling films containing story elements that went far beyond the realm of highly unlikely. Using surviving documentation and their combined expertise, the authors offer their thoughts on these departures from the norm in this encyclopedic discussion on the American view of cinematic horror, science fiction and fantasy in the years between 1913 and 1929.

American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 Press Reviews

a winner...an exhaustive, humorously written resource --Library Journal; McFarland has published another one of its highly focused labors of love...painstaking research...thorough knowledge --Against the Grain; I'd like to note the fine photo reproduction in this book. McFarland scores high marks here...worth every penny --Little Shoppe of Horrors; a brilliant and amazing accomplishment...impressively illustrated and annotated...an incredible achievement in film scholarship...the definitive reference guide --Scarlet; what an achievement...an unbelievable definitive study of American silent fantastic films...an absolute pleasure to read. One of the finest studies of horror film I've ever read --Psychobabble; WOW...magnificent...impressive...excellent...top-notch research, talented writing, a treasure-trove of engaging and little-known information. Recommended --silentsaregolden.com; awesome --samueltaylorcoleridge.me.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780786435814
Publication date: 13th December 2018
Author: John T. Soister, Henry Nicolella, Steve Joyce, William F. Chase
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 830 pages
Categories: Film: styles & genres,

About John T. Soister, Henry Nicolella, Steve Joyce, William F. Chase

John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. Henry Nicolella lives in Syracuse, New York. Software developer Steve Joyce lives in Marietta, Georgia.

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