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by Mark Jancovich


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Jancovich (Horror, Trafalgar Square, 1994) targets the 1950s in his scholarly treatment of titles like The Thing from . Rational Fears is a fascinating discussion that includes excellent analyses of key films of the 1950s.

Jancovich (Horror, Trafalgar Square, 1994) targets the 1950s in his scholarly treatment of titles like The Thing from Another World, The Day the Earth Stood Still, It Came from Outer Space, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Refuting the usual interpretation that such films display Cold War paranoia, he shows how American 1950s horror cinema offered a critique of consumer culture, masculinity, and scientific rationality.

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Jancovich, Mark (1996). Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s. Download as PDF. Printable version. Manchester University Press. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1961–1970, Part 2. University of California Press.

The United States in the 1950s experienced marked economic growth – with an increase in manufacturing and home construction amongst a post–World War II economic expansion. The Cold War and its associated conflicts helped create a politically conservative climate in the country, as the quasi-confrontation intensified throughout the entire decade.

This re-assessment of 1950s American horror films relates them to the cultural debates of the period and to other examples of the horror genre: novels and comics. Through close analysis of a wide range of films such as I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Creature of the Black Lagoon Mark Jancovich argues that horror films of the 1950s developed a critique of conservatism, conformity, mass society and masculinity.

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Mark Jancovich is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East. Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s more. More Info: Manchester University Press, 1996, pp. viii + 324.

In the 1950s, financial prosperity allowed young Americans to participate in. .Hollywood also felt the strain of Cold War fears. To appeal to teens, studios produced large numbers of horror films and movies starring music idols such as Elvis.

Hollywood also felt the strain of Cold War fears. The House Un-American Activities Committee hearings targeted suspected Communists in Hollywood. When Senator Joseph McCarthy called eleven unfriendly witnesses to testify before Congress about Communism in the film industry in October 1947, only playwright Bertolt Brecht answered questions.

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This re-assessment of 1950s American horror films relates them to the cultural debates of the period and to other examples of the horror genre: novels and comics. Through close analysis of a wide range of films such as "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "Creature of the Black Lagoon" Mark Jancovich argues that horror films of the 1950s developed a critique of conservatism, conformity, mass society and masculinity. In addition, he claims that while many critics have seen contemporary horror as the product of a "break" with that of the 1950s, most of the key elements within recent horror films and novels were actually established during this time.

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Vudozilkree
Rational Fears is a fascinating discussion that includes excellent analyses of key films of the 1950s. Jancovich upends much of the critical commonplace regarding films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing from Another World, The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, among many others. This is an important critical discussion useful to students of science fiction studies and film studies, even if Jancovich's film discussions tend to rely on discussions of plot, dialogue, and characterization while showing little regard for the contributions of camerawork, editing, sound, etc. Jancovich is very smart on questions of class and the Cold War. His final chapters get lost in some misunderstandings of some of the more thorny issues involving 1970s/80s era feminist film analysis, especially of the psychoanalytic/semiotic kind. Not surprisingly given the year of the book's publication, the study offers little consideration of race. It's a shame the book appears to be out of print. My copy is a quite nice discard from the Port Washington, NY public library. This is an important contribution to the understanding of 1950s horror/science fiction film and literature.
Aradwyn
Yet another in a seemingly endless procession by academics seeking to fit horror films into some sort of Film Theory niche. In this case they play the 'id' to the Fordist (i.e. Henry Ford) 'superego' of society. The book is almost redeemed by the chapters on the writings of Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and Robert Bloch, three masters of horror/sci-fi whose works have been largely forgotten by the mainsteam culture. But is it enough to spend the money for this book? Depends on how much of a collector/scholar one happens to be. That and the size of the wallet.
For those who want to experience the joy of these sort of films, I would rather recommend the works of David J. Skal, Bill Warren, and Michael J. Weldon, all of whose works can be purchased on this site.
JUST DO IT
This book does an excellent job of providing a framework for horror/sci fi "films" of the 1950s. The author postulates that these films are inicitive of Fordist society and integration vs. outsiders in the culture at the time. His use of films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Creature from the Black Lagoon is very interesting, although this book, both in paperback and hardcover, is a little expensive. Overall, it is worth the money.
Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s download epub
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Author: Mark Jancovich
ISBN: 0719036240
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Movies
Language: English
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr; First Edition edition (August 1, 1996)
Pages: 224 pages