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James Kendrick

James Kendrick is an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at Baylor University, USA. He is the author of Hollywood Bloodshed: Violence in 1980s American Cinema (2009) and Film Violence: History, Ideology, Genre (2009), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. He is also the film and video critic for QNetwork.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Darkness in the Bliss-Out : A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Sometimes in order to see the light you have to risk the dark.In the first paragraph of her June 14, 1982, review of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, film critic Pauline Kael let loose one of her signature waves of rapturous...

Cat People

Kim Newman

Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula novels, Life’s Lottery and Mysteries of the Diogenes Club, and The Vampire Genevieve as Jack Yeovil. His other non-fiction books include Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman), Horror: 100 Best Books (with Stephen Jones), Wild West Movies, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines, has written plays for BBC radio, and directed and written a tiny film Missing Girl. His official web-site, ‘Dr Shade’s Laboratory’ can be found at www.johnnyalucard.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 2013

BFI Film Classics

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...Novelist and critic Kim Newman assesses the horror noir Cat People (1943), produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur. This important and influential film is considered in the light of its place in film history and as a work...

Cult Adaptations

I.Q. Hunter

I.Q. Hunter is Reader in Film Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is the editor of British Science Fiction Cinema (1999), and the co-editor of British Comedy Cinema (2012), Controversial Images (2012) and Science Fiction Across Media (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cult Film as a Guide to Life : Fandom, Adaptation and Identity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Adaptation can be a shock, a betrayal, a resurrection, commercial cash in, homage, act of loving remembrance or even a deadly curse. The cult French novelist Boris Vian actually died watching the film adaptation of his I Spit on Your...

Taxi Driver

Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin is Contributing Editor to both Film Comment and Sight & Sound. She also writes frequently for Artforum. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 2012

BFI Film Classics

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...Paul Schrader was in meltdown in 1972. Drinking heavily, living in his car, he was hospitalised with a gastric ulcer. There he read about Arthur Bremer’s attempt to assassinate Alabama Governor George Wallace: the story was the germ of his...