Remaking Horror

Hollywood’s New Reliance on Scares of Old


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About the Book

This book chronicles the American horror film genre in its development of remakes from the 1930s into the 21st century. Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) is investigated as the watershed moment when the genre opened its doors to the possibility that any horror movie—classic, modern, B-movie, and more—might be remade for contemporary audiences.
Staple horror franchises—Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)—are highlighted along with their remake counterparts in order to illustrate how the genre has embraced a phenomenon of remake productions and what the future of horror holds for American cinema. More than 25 original films, their remakes, and the movies they influenced are presented in detailed discussions throughout the text.

About the Author(s)

James Francis, Jr., teaches English literature, composition, and technical writing at Texas A&M University, and is an internationally-published portrait, fashion and art photographer. He lives in College Station, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

James Francis, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7088-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0014-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 • The Value of Horror 9

2 • Psycho: The Last Bastion of Fear and Storytelling in

  American Cinema 19

3 • Halloween: When Holidays Gave Meaning to Horror … 33

4 • Friday the 13th: Superstition Brought Universal Appeal … 48

5 • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Safety of Sleep

  Was Violated … 60

6 • Remake Central 77

7 • The Interviews: Industry Professionals Riff About the

  State of Horror 146

8 • What’s to Come 164

Conclusion 175

Remake Catalog, 1931–2013 183

Works Cited 193

Index 209

Book Reviews & Awards

“well-structured…. He obviously understands his subject matter, and is therefore clear, direct and explicit in his manner of presentation”—Scarlet; “an incisive, in-depth exploration…excellent interviews…a valuable book”—Destructive Music.