The Psycho Records

Laurence Rickels

Columbia University Press

The Psycho Records

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Pub Date: September 2016

ISBN: 9780231181136

216 Pages

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The Psycho Records

Laurence Rickels

Columbia University Press

?The Psycho Records follows the influence of the primal shower scene within subsequent slasher and splatter films. American soldiers returning from World War II were called "psychos" if they exhibited mental illness. Robert Bloch and Alfred Hitchcock turned the term into a catch-all phrase for a range of psychotic and psychopathic symptoms or dispositions. They transferred a war disorder to the American heartland. Drawing on his experience with German film, Hitchcock packed inside his shower stall the essence of schauer, the German cognate meaning "horror." Later serial horror film production has post-traumatically flashed back to Hitchcock's shower scene. In the end, though, this book argues the effect is therapeutically finite. This extensive case study summons the genealogical readings of philosopher and psychoanalyst Laurence Rickels. The book opens not with another reading of Hitchcock's 1960 film but with an evaluation of various updates to vampirism over the years. It concludes with a close look at the rise of demonic and infernal tendencies in horror movies since the 1990s and the problem of the psycho as our most uncanny double in close quarters.
The most interesting, challenging, and eclectic psychoanalytic theorist of our time... there is no writer who works the seams between academic and B-culture with Rickels' intelligence and connoisseurship. Sensitive Skin
Acknowledgements
Preface: Late Arrival of the 'New Vampire Lectures'
Psycho-Historical Introduction
Record One: Playing Catch Up with the Vampire—But with True Blood
Record Two: Schauer Scenes
Record Three: Alternate History—1960
Record Four: Epidemics of Mass Murder
Record Five: Manuals
Record Six: Still Working on It
Record Seven: Phantoms
Record Eight: The Turning
Record Nine: The Crowd and the Couple
Record Ten: Getting Into B-Pictures
Record Eleven: The Emperor's New Closure
Record Twelve: By Rule of Tomb
Record Thirteen: The Renewal of Psycho Horror by Compact with the Devil
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Laurence A. Rickels is professor in art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. He is the author of Aberrations of Mourning (1988), The Case of California (2001), Nazi Psychoanalysis (2002), The Vampire Lectures (1999), The Devil Notebooks (2008), Ulrike Ottinger: The Autobiography of Art Cinema (2008), I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick (2010), and Germany: A Science Fiction (2015).