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Blumhouse Productions

The New House of Horror

An in-depth exploration of one of the most prominent production companies in contemporary horror film.
 
Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horror provides the first sustained academic inquiry into one of the biggest production companies currently working in horror film production. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines explore various facets of the company, which is known for such hit franchises as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge, in addition to critically acclaimed works such as Get Out, and box office sensations such as Happy Death Day and Split. Balancing attention to the behind-the-scenes workings of the company and its productions with accounts of the films themselves, the book presents a thorough and detailed picture of Blumhouse Productions and its cultural footprint.

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Horror Studies

Film Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory


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Table of Contents

Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horrori
Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………..…….………..iv
List of Tables ……………………………………………………………………………………..v
Notes on Contributorsvi
Introduction1
Blumhouse at the Box Office, 2009-201814
‘Those Things You See Through’: Get Out, Signifyin’, and Hollywood’s Commodification of African American Independent Cinema40
Haunted Bodies, Haunted Houses59
Gothixity: Evoking the Gothic through New Forms of Toxic Masculinity83
Space Invaders: Aliens and Recessionary Anxieties in Dark Skies106
The (Blum)House Found Footage Horror Built131
Insidious Patterns: An Integrative Analysis of Blumhouse’s Most Important Franchise155
The Purge: Violence and Religion as Toxic Cocktail178
Happy Death Day: Beyond the Neoslasher Cycle201
Haunted Networks: Transparency and Exposure in Unfriended and Unfriended: Dark Web217
Blumhouse’s Halloween (2018) the Shifting Ethos of Slasher Remakes238
‘Disobedient Women’ and Malicious Men: A Comparative Assessment of the Politics of Black Christmas (1974) and (2019)256
What Lies Behind the White Hood: Looking at Horror Through a Realistic Lens Through Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman279
Bibliography302
Index354

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