This collection of new essays discusses cultural, religious and literary influences on del Toro's work and explores key themes of his films, including the child's experience of humanity through encounters with the monstrous.
Author: John W. Morehead
Guillermo del Toro is one of the most prolific artists working in film. His directorial work includes Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), The Devil's Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II (2008) and Pacific Rim (2013). He has also worked extensively as a producer, with several screenwriting credits to his name. As a novelist he coauthored The Strain Trilogy (2009-2011), which he also developed into a television series for FX in 2014. Del Toro has spoken of the "primal, spiritual function" of his art, which gives expression to his fascination with monsters, myth, archetype, metaphor, Jungian psychology, the paranormal and religion. This collection of new essays discusses cultural, religious and literary influences on del Toro's work and explores key themes of his films, including the child's experience of humanity through encounters with the monstrous.
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deltoro- monster- tweets/, accessed ... the latin American transformation of
Vampires,” The Supernatural cinema of Guillermo del Toro, McFarland, 2015,
Author: James Aubrey
Vampires are arguably the most popular and most paradoxical of gothic monsters: life draining yet passionate, feared yet fascinating, dead yet immortal. Vampire content produces exquisitely suspenseful stories that, combined with motion picture filmmaking, reveal much about the cultures that enable vampire film production and the audiences they attract. This collection of essays is generously illustrated and ranges across sixteen cultures on five continents, including the films Let the Right One In, What We Do in the Shadows, Cronos, and We Are the Night, among many others. Distinctly different kinds of European vampires have originated in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and Serbia. North American vampires are represented by films from Mexico, Canada, and the USA. Middle Eastern locations include Tangier, Morocco, and a fictional city in Iran. South Asia has produced Bollywood vampire films, and east Asian vampires are represented by films from Korea, China, and Japan. Some of the most recent vampire movies have come from Australia and New Zealand. These essays also look at vampire films through lenses of gender, post-colonialism, camp, and otherness as well as the evolution of the vampiric character in cinema worldwide, together constituting a mosaic of the cinematic undead.
Guillermo del Toro has created a paradigmatic cinematic tale that has no other
need for warning than that of the immanent potential for such an emancipation.
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Author: Casie Hermansson
This volume explores film and television for children and youth. While children’s film and television vary in form and content from country to country, their youth audience, ranging from infants to “screenagers”, is the defining feature of the genre and is written into the DNA of the medium itself. This collection offers a contemporary analysis of film and television designed for this important audience, with particular attention to new directions evident in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. With examples drawn from Iran, China, Korea, India, Israel, Eastern Europe, the Philippines, and France, as well as from the United States and the United Kingdom, contributors address a variety of issues ranging from content to production, distribution, marketing, and the use of film, both as object and medium, in education. Through a diverse consideration of media for young infants up to young adults, this volume reveals the newest trends in children’s film and television and its role as both a source of entertainment and pedagogy.
The Supernatural Realm Mirrors Man's Inhumanity to Man', Film Comment, vol.43
, no. 1, January/February 2007, pp. 50–3. Kimberly Chun, 'What is a Ghost? An
Interview with Guillermo del Toro', Cineaste, Spring 2002, pp. 28–31. Ann Davies
Author: Yvonne Tasker
This book provides an accessible overview of each director’s contribution to cinema, incorporating a discussion of their career, major works and impact.
This volume rectifies this gap in current scholarship by serving as an interdisciplinary overview of the relationship of the paranormal to the artefacts of mass media (e.g. novels, comic books, and films) as well as the cultural practices ...
Author: Darryl Caterine
Interest in preternatural and supernatural themes has revitalized the Gothic tale, renewed explorations of psychic powers and given rise to a host of social and religious movements based upon claims of the fantastical. And yet, in spite of this widespread enthusiasm, the academic world has been slow to study this development. This volume rectifies this gap in current scholarship by serving as an interdisciplinary overview of the relationship of the paranormal to the artefacts of mass media (e.g. novels, comic books, and films) as well as the cultural practices they inspire. After an introduction analyzing the paranormal’s relationship to religion and entertainment, the book presents essays exploring its spiritual significance in a postmodern society; its (post)modern representation in literature and film; and its embodiment in a number of contemporary cultural practices. Contributors from a number of discplines and cultural contexts address issues such as the shamanistic aspects of Batman and lesbianism in vampire mythology. Covering many aspects of the paranormal and its effect on popular culture, this book is an important statement in the field. As such, it will be of utmost interest to scholars of religious studies as well as media, communication, and cultural studies.
(2002) The ghost in Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's beautiful tale of the
supernatural owes more to films like The Haunting than to the malicious spirits
that inhabited Poltergeist. Santi, the sad spirit of The Devil's Backbone needs to
Author: Richard Crouse
Publisher: E C W Press
Provides plot descriptions, trivia, reviews, and interviews with actors and filmmakers for the best overlooked films from the past seventy years.
The high-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from the world-famous director, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.
Author: Guillermo del Toro
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.
Aranda, Joaquín (1970), 'La residencia', Heraldo de Aragón, 20 January: n.p.
Arroita-Jaúregui, Marcelo (1974), 'Símbolo ... 'Moral Horrors in Guillermo del
Toro's Pan's Labyrinth: the Supernatural Realm Mirrors Man's Inhumanity to Man',
Author: Antonio Lazaro-Reboll
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
An original new study of Spanish horror film.
Written , produced and directed by Guillermo del Toro , Pan's Labyrinth has been
described by Mark Kermode ( 2006a ) as ' a transformative , life - affirming
nightmare ... a Citizen Kane of fantasy cinema ' . Kermode's praise is sincere but
Author: David Butler
Publisher: Wallflower Press
"Often dismissed as simple tales of sword and sorcery, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in filmmaking, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made that reaches far beyond the confines of a single genre. As well as some of the major genres, stylistic approaches and exponents of cinematic fantasy, from Georges Melies, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to contemporary fantasists such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson. This volume focuses on fantasy's social function with case studies including The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Excalibur (1981), the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), and Bruce Almighty (2003). and interpretations. Taking in the popular and the experimental, subversive desires and reactionary dreams, this book is an engaging introduction to one of the vital energies in cinema." -- Book cover.
This volumes also includes "The Yellow Sign," the most horrific story from The King in Yellow, the classic horror collection by Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit TV series True Detective.
Author: S. T. Joshi
Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro American Supernatural Tales is the ultimate collection of weird and frightening American short fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. The book celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and—of course—Stephen King. This volumes also includes "The Yellow Sign," the most horrific story from The King in Yellow, the classic horror collection by Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit TV series True Detective. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good collection of stories. Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written,” to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
The Supernatural Sublime explores the long-neglected element of the supernatural in films from Spain and Mexico by focusing on the social and cultural contexts of their production and reception, their adaptations of codes and conventions ...
Author: Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
The Supernatural Sublime explores the long-neglected element of the supernatural in films from Spain and Mexico by focusing on the social and cultural contexts of their production and reception, their adaptations of codes and conventions for characters and plot, and their use of cinematic techniques to create the experience of emotion without explanation. Deploying the overarching concepts of the supernatural and the sublime, Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández and Claudia Schaefer detail the dovetailing of the unnatural and the experience of limitlessness associated with the sublime. The Supernatural Sublime embeds the films in the social histories of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Mexico and Spain, both of which made a forced leap into modernity after historical periods founded on official ideologies and circumscribed visions of the nation. Evoking Kant’s definition of the experience of the sublime, Rodríguez-Hernández and Schaefer concentrate on the unrepresentable and the contradictory that oppose purported universal truths and instead offer up illusion, deception, and imagination through cinema, itself a type of illusion: writing with light.
Perhaps the films closest in intention, but more critically acclaimed than Mann's
horror hybrid, are Guillermo Del Toro's horror-fantasy allegories The Devil's
Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006). In Del Toro's films, the
Author: Jonathan Rayner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Michael Mann is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past forty years. His films exhibit the existential concerns of art cinema, articulated through a conspicuous and recognizable visual style and yet integrated within classical Hollywood narrative and genre frameworks. Since his beginnings as a screenwriter in the 1970s, Mann has become a key figure within contemporary American popular culture as writer, director, and producer for film and television. This volume offers a detailed study of Mann's feature films, from The Jericho Mile (1979) to Public Enemies (2009), with consideration also being given to parallels in the production, style, and characterization in his television work. It explores Mann's relationship with classical genres, his thematic concentration on issues of morality and masculinity, his film adaptations from literature, and the development and significance of his trademark visual style within modern American cinema.
The Devil ' s Backbone was just that film . Set during the Spanish Civil War , this
artistic tour de force by writer / director Guillermo del Toro ( Chronos , Mimic ,
Blade 2 ) starts with the arrival of ten year old Carlos at the Santa Lucia School ,
Author: Rick Klaw
A collection of RickKlaw's finest columns, reviews, and other observations. With two all-new essays, a comic adaptation of a Joe R. Landsale story, and an introduction by science fiction grandmaster Michael Moorcook, this book promises to become a must have for sclience fiction fans, booksellers, and anyone with an interest inpop culture.
CATEGORY : SUPERNATURAL / HAUNTINGS : Year : 2001 Director : Guillermo
del Toro Writers : Guillermo del Toro , Antonio Trashorras , David Muñoz Country
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Author: Adam Lukeman
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
From the editors of Fangoria, a premier magazine devoted to the horror genre, comes a close-up look at 101 important lesser-known but important gems of cinematic horror, divided into three key categories--Killer/Slashers, Supernatural/Hauntings, and Monsters--providing information on director, cast, screenwriter, country of origin, date of release, and other little-known facts. Original. 15,000 first printing.
His Mexican films helped an already active horror film culture , evidenced in El
Fantasma del Convento ( 1934 ) or El signo de la muerte ... and disfiguration in a
political and religious frame , often spiced by the supernatural ( see Pyro , 1963 ;
or Mark of the Werewolf , 1967 ) . ... 15 The connection between Mexico and
Spain was also physically consumed , when directors like Guillermo Del Toro (
Author: Ernest Mathijs
Publisher: Open University Press
"A really impressive and comprehensive collection of the key writings in the field. The editors have done a terrific job in drawing together the various traditions and providing a clear sense of this rich and rewarding scholarly terrain. This collection is as wild and diverse as the films that it covers. Fascinating." .Mark Jancovich, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, UK .."It's about time the lunatic fans and loyal theorists of cult movies were treated to a book they can call their own. The effort and knowledge contained in The Cult Film Reader will satisfy even the most ravenous zombie's desire for detail and insight. This book will gnaw, scratch and infect you just like the cult films themselves." .Brett Sullivan, Director of Ginger Snaps Unleashed and The Chair .."The Cult Film Reader is a great film text book and a fun read." .John Landis, Director of The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson's Thriller ..Whether defined by horror, kung-fu, sci-fi, sexploitation, kitsch musical or ï¿½weird world cinemaï¿½, cult movies and their global followings are emerging as a distinct subject of film and media theory, dedicated to dissecting the worldï¿½s unruliest images. ..This book is the worldï¿½s first reader on cult film. It brings together key works in the field on the structure, form, status, and reception of cult cinema traditions. Including work from key established scholars in the field such as Umberto Eco, Janet Staiger, Jeffrey Sconce, Henry Jenkins, and Barry Keith Grant, as well as new perspectives on the gradually developing canon of cult cinema, the book not only presents an overview of ways in which cult cinema can be approached, it also re-assesses the methods used to study the cult text and its audiences. ..With editorsï¿½ introductions to the volume and to each section, the book is divided into four clear thematic areas of study ï¿½ The Conceptions of Cu..Written in a lively and accessible style, The Cult Film Reader dissects some of biggest trends, icons, auteurs and periods of global cult film production. Films discussed include Casablanca, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Showgirls and Ginger Snaps. ..Essays by: Jinsoo An; Jane Arthurs; Bruce Austin; Martin Barker; Walter Benjamin; Harry Benshoff; Pierre Bourdieu; Noel Carroll; Steve Chibnall; Umberto Eco; Nezih Erdogan; Welch Everman; John Fiske; Barry Keith Grant ; Joan Hawkins; Gary Hentzi; Matt Hills; Ramaswami Harindranath; J.Hoberman; Leon Hunt; I.Q. Hunter; Mark Jancovich; Henry Jenkins; Anne Jerslev; Siegfried Kracauer; Gina Marchetti; Tom Mes; Gary Needham; Sheila J. Nayar; Annalee Newitz; Lawrence Oï¿½Toole; Harry Allan Potamkin; Jonathan Rosenbaum; Andrew Ross; David Sanjek; Eric Schaefer; Steven Jay Schneider; Jeffrey Sconce; Janet Staiger; J.P. Telotte; Parker Tyler; Jean Vigo; Harmony Wu.
Although we were all speaking Spanish on set, we used English for film terms,
like 'push in.' The way Carlos pronounced it sounded like 'puchi,' so that's what
we called it. The Puchi crane.” Following the September 11 attacks and del Toro's
Author: Guillermo Del Toro
Discover the dark secrets of Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, in this thrilling exploration of the film’s creation. Released in 2006, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth was hailed as a dark, thrilling masterpiece and announced the filmmaker as a major creative force, garnering him a loyal fan base attracted to his technical skill and wild imagination. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this acclaimed fantasy, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth provides the definitive account of the film’s creation. Written in close collaboration with the director, this volume covers everything from del Toro’s initial musings, through to the film’s haunting creature designs, the hugely challenging shoot, and the overwhelming critical and fan reaction upon the its release. Including exquisite concept art and rare unit photography from the set, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth gives readers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how this modern classic was crafted for the screen. The book also draws on interviews with every key player in the film’s creation, including stars Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones; producers Alfonso Cuarón and Bertha Navarro; and director of photography Guillermo Navarro, to present the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable cinematic classic.
Home is a refuge that keeps the monsters out--until it isn't. This collection of new essays focuses on genre horror movies in which the home is central to the narrative, whether as refuge, prison, menace or supernatural battleground.
Author: Cynthia J. Miller
Home, we are taught from childhood, is safe. Home is a refuge that keeps the monsters out—until it isn't. This collection of new essays focuses on genre horror movies in which the home is central to the narrative, whether as refuge, prison, menace or supernatural battleground. The contributors explore the shifting role of the home as both a source and a mitigator of the terrors of this world, and the next. Well known films are covered—including Psycho, Get Out, Insidious: The Last Key and Winchester House—along with films produced outside the U.S. by such directors as Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), Hideo Nakata (Ringu) and Guillermo Del Toro (The Orphanage), and often overlooked classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger.