Genre film class, winter 2014: the horror!

Gazetteer: this syllabus works as follows.  First comes the week’s topic, then what we’ll be watching (clips coming first, followed by the features, bolded), and finally a list of titles that further explore, illustrate, or complicate the theme.

NB: buyer beware!  You’ll all have your own convictions about what is and isn’t appropriate in the media.  With the horror genre, the trash/treasure axis is especially mutliple and various and subjective.  Viewers will want to inform themselves about each title, before actually viewing said title.

FILM GENRES: HORROR

TMA 492, Winter 2014

Class Objective: to learn a bunch of stuff, read a ton of stories, and see a load of films relating to the broad topic of horror (terror, suspense, the uncanny, the weird, etc.).  We will also learn about some of the cultural and historical factors that have informed horror narratives, as well as some of their many and evolving styles and conventions.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Week 1—INTRODUCTION/GLIMMERINGS

View: Leopard Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Dream of a Rarebit Fiend; A Nightmare/The Devil and the Statue/The Witch’s Revenge/Blue Beard; One A.M.; Drag Me To Hell

Week 2—EUROPE AND HOLLYWOOD

View: Menilmontant; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Faust; The Unknown, Frankenstein

Supplemental: J’Accuse (1919), Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922), Häxan (1922), The Hands of Orlac (1924), Waxworks (1924), The Cat and the Canary (1927), Vampyr (1932), The Ghost Goes West (1935), Fury (1936), I Married a Witch (1942)

Week 3—THE CLASSICAL HORROR FILM

View: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), The Mummy (1932); Freaks, Mad Love

Supplemental: Dracula (1931), Dr. X. (1932), The Most Dangerous Game (1932), White Zombie (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), King Kong (1933), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), The Black Cat (1934), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Son of Frankenstein (1939)

 Week 4—VAL LEWTON: MINIMAL METHOD IN A MAXIMAL GENRE

View: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man; Cat People, Devil

Supplemental: The Walking Dead (1936), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Seventh Victim (1943), Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), The Picture of Dorian Grey (1945), Curse of the Demon (1957), Le Boucher (1969), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), The Orphanage (2007)

Week 5—GHOSTS

Screen: Night and Fog; Dead of Night, Queen of Spades; The Uninvited, Ugetsu Monogatari

Supplemental: Topper Returns (1940), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Diabolique (1955), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), Kuroneko (1968), Poltergeist (1982), Lady in White (1988), The Frighteners (1996), Stir of Echoes (1999), Paranormal Activity (2007)

Week 6—THE SCI-FI/HORROR HYBRID

View: Them, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Curse of the Demon; The Thing from Another World, The Host

Supplemental: The House of Wax (1953), Invaders from Mars (1953), Gojira (1954), The Quatermass Experiment (1955), Fiend Without a Face (1958), Fail-Safe (1964), Planet of the Apes (1968), Altered States (1980), Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1989)

Week 7—POETRY

View: Water, Water, Every Hare; Tales of Hoffmann, The Fall of the House of Usher; Night of the Hunter, Spirit of the Beehive

Supplemental: The Golem (1920), The Phantom Carriage (1921), A Page of Madness (1926), Ghost Ship (1943), The Seventh Seal (1957), Eyes Without a Face (1959), The Elephant Man (1980), The Company of Wolves (1984), The Sixth Sense (1999), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Week 8—THE MODERN HORROR FILM

View: The Indian Tomb, Psycho; Carnival of Souls, The Vanishing

Supplemental: M (1931), Bigger Than Life (1956), Dracula (1958), Village of the Damned (1960), Peeping Tom (1960), The Birds (1963), Onibaba (1964), Winter Soldier (1972), Martin (1976), Eraserhead (1977)

Week 9—EXPLOITATION AND ARTISTRY

View: The Blob, The Nutty Professor; The House of Usher, Kill, Baby, Kill

Supplemental: The Blob (1958), The House on Haunted Hill (1959), Black Sunday (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Haunting (1963), Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Sisters (1973), It’s Alive (1974), Piranha (1978)

Week 10—THE INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM

View: Black Sabbath, The Lamp; Repulsion, Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

Supplemental: Jikoku (1960), The Last Man on Earth (1963), Kwaidan (1964), The Hour of the Wolf (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Mr. Vampire (1985), Dead Ringers (1988), Audition (1999)

Week 11—MIRRORS

View: Easy Street, The Fearless Vampire Killers; Targets, Land of the Dead

Supplemental: Day of Wrath (1943), The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Macbeth (1971), Deliverance (1972), The Crazies (1973), The Exorcist (1973), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Trainspotting (1996), Frailty (2001)

Week 12—CRY HAVOC

View: Phantom of the Paradise, Jaws, Taxi Driver, Don’t Look Now, Alien, The Evil Dead; Deep RedThreads

Supplemental: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), The Theatre of Blood (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), House (1977), Suspiria (1977), Blow-Out (1981), The Evil Dead (1981), Poltergeist (1982), Hellraiser (1987), Braindead (1992)

Week 13—INTERNATIONAL AUTEURS

View: Return to Oz, The Evil Dead II, Clint Malarchuk, Gremlins, Grave of the Fireflies, Lightning Over Water; Dark Water, Shaun of the Dead

Supplemental: The Big Mouth (1967), Play Misty for Me (1971), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Carrie (1976), The Shining (1980), The Fly (1986), Cronos (1993), Ring (1998), Inland Empire (2006), The White Ribbon (2009)

 Week 14—CENTRES AND MARGINS

View: Scream, 28 Days Later; Peter and the Wolf (2006), The Mist, Mama

Supplemental: The Beguiled (1971), Blacula (1972), Gremlins (1984), Day of the Dead (1985), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Others (2001), Pulse (2001), Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Let the Right One In (2008)

APPENDIX I—TITLES TO ASSIGN, & TOPICS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH

… Titicut Follies (1967), Gimme Shelter (1970), The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Shoah (1985), Hotel Terminus (1987), The Thin Blue Line (1988), The Exorcist III (1990), Blue Velvet (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1990), Crumb (1994), Event Horizon (1997), Mr. Death (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), Stevie (2002), A History of Violence (2005), War of the Worlds (2005), Wolf Creek (2005), The Descent (2005), Bug (2006), Ghosts of Abu Graib (2007), [Rec] (2007), Cloverfield (2008), Martyrs (2008), The Ghost Writer (2010), Shutter Island (2010), Trollhunter (2010), The Interruptors (2011), The Act of Killing (2012), The Bay (2012), Cabin in the Woods (2012) …

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