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“Visualizing the Phantoms of the Imagination”: Projecting the Haunted Minds of Modernity

Murray Leeder

Murray Leeder is a Limited Term Instructor in Film Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the author of Halloween (2014), as well as more than a dozen articles in such journals as Horror Studies, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, the Journal of Popular Culture, Clues: A Journal of Detection and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... 19.2 (1999), 177–216; Martin Loiperdinger, “Lumière’s Arrival of a Train: Cinema’s Founding Myth,” The Moving Image 4.1 (Spring 2004), 89–118; Murray Leeder, “M. Robert-Houdin Goes to Algeria: Spectatorship and Panic in Illusion and Early...

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Murray Leeder

Murray Leeder is a Limited Term Instructor in Film Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the author of Halloween (2014), as well as more than a dozen articles in such journals as Horror Studies, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, the Journal of Popular Culture, Clues: A Journal of Detection and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

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... between radio, the ocean and the “etheric ocean” of telecommunications (see Murray Leeder, “Skeletons Sail an Etheric Ocean: Approaching the Ghost in John Carpenter’s The Fog,” The Journal of Popular Film and Television 37.2 (2009), 70–9)....

“Antique Chiller”: Quality, Pretention, and History in the Critical Reception of The Innocents and The Haunting

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Abstract: This chapter analyzes the reception of two key ghost films from the 1960s, The Innocents and The Haunting. Both films are seen as classics today, but both were subject to criticism at the time of their release; the very features...

Bad Sync: Spectral Sound and Retro-Effects in Portrait of Jennie

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... as well as its employment of an electronic soundtrack to index the evil spirit, see Murray Leeder, “Victorian Science and Spiritualism in The Legend of Hell House,” Horror Studies 25.1 (2014), 31–46. or the finale of Demon Seed (1977),...

“It’s Not the House That’s Haunted”: Demons, Debt, and the Family in Peril Formula in Recent Horror Cinema

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Abstract: This chapter discusses the new wave of American haunted house movies, focusing on the Paranormal Activity series, Insidious, Sinister, and The Conjuring. The fact that these films have all been produced by the same company...

Spectral Remainders and Transcultural Hauntings: (Re)iterations of the Onryō in Japanese Horror Cinema

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Abstract: The figure of the onryō (or “avenging spirit”) has undergone a host of subtle and flagrant transformations within the Japanese popular imaginary over the last sixty years, a period of intense cultural and sociopolitical...

The Bawdy Body in Two Comedy Ghost Films: Topper and Beetlejuice

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... spectacle (an idea reused in the 1940 film The Invisible Woman).Thanks to Murray Leeder for this observation. Does a naked woman become acceptable movie fare if you can’t actually see her? Or is the spectacle merely the clever visual...

“I See Dead People”: Visualizing Ghosts in the American Horror Film before the Arrival of CGI

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... inscribed empty space fully visible within the frame.In an extended discussion of the “Michael (Myers)-as-ghost subtext” of Halloween, Murray Leeder not only comments on the final sequence of tableau shots (in which Michael “is nowhere...

Glitch Gothic

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Abstract: Found footage horror films of the 2010s have embraced a glitch aesthetic that exploits the shock of a digital noise even for the sake of Gothic horror. Ghostly apparitions coincide with, and are increasingly incidental to,...

Locating the Specter in Dan Curtis’s Burnt Offerings

Cinematic Ghosts : Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Abstract: This article seeks to redress the tendency, both in scholarly interpretations and cinematic adaptations of literary texts featuring haunted houses, to downplay the capacity of houses themselves to haunt, and toward the actions...