Cinematic Explorations of the Mysteries of the Mind
About the Book
Mind control, madness and altered states of reality can make for exciting nights at the movies—which explains the enduring popularity of a film genre that might be called the psycho thriller. Psychiatry and film came of age simultaneously, and characters such as the evil psychiatrist and the pathological killer were often developed in direct reference to the psychological themes that inspired them. For example, the penchants of Hitchcock’s famously creepy Norman Bates represented real psychological disorders, and his actions were explained through psychoanalysis. The psycho thriller presents a world where psychology represents a dimension of supernatural and metaphysical wonders.
The introduction analyzes what makes a psycho thriller, and subsequent chapters are devoted to each of the archetypal psycho thriller characters (the mad scientist, the psycho killer, the individual with psychic powers, and the psychiatrist) and themes (mind control, dreams, memory, and existential issues). The concluding chapter lists the top twenty psycho thrillers. Stills from classic films in the genre illustrate the text, which also includes filmography, bibliography, and index.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
1. Doctors of the Mind 7
2. Psycho Killers 28
3. Mad Scientists 40
4. Psychic Powers 61
5. Mind Control 75
6. The Dream World 96
7. Memory and the Problem of Existence 104
8. Psy-Fi Disorders Not Otherwise Specified 121
9. Masters of Psy-Fi 131
Conclusion: The Top Twenty Psy-Fi Movies 147
Book Reviews & Awards
“interesting…worthy of your attention”—John Kenneth Muir, Reflections on Film/TV.