A ghostly figure at the window. The smash of glass. The glint of light on the edge of a knife. A row of gnashing teeth, dripping with blood. A flash of lightning. A gut wrenching scream. Horror films have proven to be among the highest grossing yet most maligned films ever made. Dismissed as juvenile and unworthy of attention by critics, what is it that brings people the world over to part with their money time and again for the privilege of being scared?
In the Horror Films Kamera Book you will find out what makes a successful horror film. There is also a history of the genre from the silent era to the present day including reviews of the landmark films that defined major trends. And there is a closer look at 10 key movers in the field, including Wes Craven, Clive Barker, George A Romero, Dario Argento, Tod Browning and David Cronenberg.
Packed to the gills with scary facts and gruesome goings on, let the Kamera Horror Films be your guide to the dark side of the silver screen. So join us on a journey into terror. Some of you may never return…
Internationally renowned, David Lynch is America’s premier purveyor of the surreal, an artist whose work in cinema and television has exposed the world to his highly personalised view of society. This book examines his entire work, from the cult surrealism of his debut feature Eraserhead to his latest mystery, Inland Empire, considering the themes, motifs and stories behind his incredible works.
In Lynch’s world the mundane and the fantastical collide, often with terrifying consequences. It is a place where the abnormal is normal, where the respectable becomes sinister, where innocence is lost and redemption gained at a terrible price. And there’s always music in the air. From the deserts of a distant world to an ordinary backyard, at the breakneck speed of Lost Highway or the sedate determination of The Straight Story, readers will experience amateur sleuths, messiahs, giants and dwarves, chanteuses, psychopaths, cherry pie and damn fine coffee. David Lynch is your guide to this other world… and this is your guide to David Lynch
Japanese animation, or anime, is a cultural phenomenon that has fundamentally altered the way that we view animated film. No longer the preserve of a few enthusiastic fans in the West, anime has now been embraced by the mainstream and is enormously popular worldwide. The strength of the form lies in its diversity. With its distinctive style and rich array of genres and themes, anime is worthy of serious attention as an art form. With anime’s emergence as a cultural and aesthetic force in world media the Anime Kamera Book explores its origins and history and presents overviews of its key creators. It includes reviews of a wide range of feature films, video animations and television series from early productions to the present day. From contemporary high school shenanigans to terrifying dystopian futures, from hilarious quirky comedy to deeply moving drama, sophisticated avant-garde innovation to wonderfully imaginative fantasies, from the outrageously reprehensible to the irrepressibly cute, this Kamera Book will introduce you to the extraordinary world of anime.
The animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli are amongst the most respected in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash. Yet this highly profitable studio has remained fiercely independent, producing a stream of imaginative and individual animations. The studio’s founders, long-time animators Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, have created timeless masterpieces. Although their films are distinctly Japanese their themes are universal: humanity, community and a love for the environment. No other film studio, animation or otherwise, comes close to matching Ghibli for pure cinematic experience. This Kamera Book examines all their major works, as well the early output of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, exploring the cultural and thematic threads that bind these films together.
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Tim Burton is a contradiction – a film-maker who has a unique style and yet remains grounded in the Hollywood studio system. How can someone who has such a distinctive personal vision survive in an aggressive and increasingly bland marketplace? How can he command such large budgets to realise his ideas? The answer is simple – Tim Burton may well be a cinematic artist but his films are also financially successful. Burton’s world is one of outsiders on the periphery of society. His heroes are psychologically scarred, perpetually naïve and childlike, misunderstood or unintentionally disruptive. They are all figures who upset conventional society and morality. Even his villains are rarely without merit; circumstance and society blur the divide between moral fortitude and personal action. But most of all his films have an overriding aura of the fairy tale, the fantastic and the magical. The Pocket Essential Tim Burton looks at the man and his films, from his early shorts right through to his latest blockbusters. It covers the films, their making and their merit. This is the essential companion to Hollywood’s premiere magician.
Vampire movies are almost as old as film itself. Constantly remade and reinvented for each new generation, the films, like the vampires themselves, adopt many shapes – from the faithful contemporary adaptation of Francis Coppola’s Dracula (1992) to the art movie approach of Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu remake (1979] via the high-school horror of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
This handy book traces the vampire film from its beginnings to the present day, acknowledging on its way all the classics of vampire cinema from the original Nosferatu (1921) right up to 30 Days of Night (2007) and beyond. From saucy French vampires to hopping Chinese ones, from Hammer horrors to Hollywood blockbusters, whatever your favourite bloodsucker you’ll find it here.
Successful in both Japan and the West, Akira had a huge impact on the international growth in popularity of manga and anime. Closely analysing the film and its key themes, we assess its historical importance, its impact on the Western perception of anime, and its influence on science fiction cinema.