The Monster Always Returns

American Horror Films and Their Remakes

Christian Knöppler

Transcript-Verlag

The Monster Always Returns

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Pub Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9783837637359

262 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

The Monster Always Returns

American Horror Films and Their Remakes

Christian Knöppler

Transcript-Verlag

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The monsters of the horror genre never remain dead—they invariably return in new and terrifying shapes for another installment. In this study, Christian Knöppler explores the phenomenon of horror film remakes. He argues that even though these derivative films typically earn little praise from critics, their constant refiguration of monsters and horror scenarios serves to access and update otherwise obscure cultural fears. With an in-depth examination of six sample sequences of films and remakes, this book aims to shed new light on a much maligned and often neglected type of film and promises fresh insights to scholars and aficionados alike.

About the Author

Christian Knöppler has taught American studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and RWTH Aachen University. His research interests include American cinema, horror and cultural trauma, media and history, and comics and ideology.