J- Horror and its american remakes

Jim Harper jimharper666
Mon Dec 4 06:57:54 EST 2006

Not wishing to self-publicize, but I wrote a fairly large section on 'dysfunctional heroines' in Legacy of Blood, which I can copy'n'paste if anyone needs it.
  Anyone who needs books on Japanese horror should check out the following too:
  Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood and Madness in Japanese Cinema, by Jack Hunter (Creation Books)
  Mondo Macabro, by Pete Tombs (Titan)
  Fear Without Frontiers, ed. Steven Jay Schneider (FABPress)
  The second pair include sections on Japanese horror, although they focus on world horror cinema as a whole. Hunter's book contains some errors, so double-check anything you use from there. They're all UK publications.
  Jim Harper. 

Emma Newbery <emmanewbery at hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
  This is all fantastic information as i am doing my phd on japanese horror - 
thanks for the book references these are ace, please keep the information 

Emma Newbery BA (hons), MA
Programme Leader
BTEC National Diploma in Media (Moving Image)
Blackpool and the Fylde College

>From: Jim Harper 
>Reply-To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
>To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
>Subject: Re: J- Horror and its american remakes
>Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 21:20:52 +0000 (GMT)
>I think you've hit the nail on the head there Michael- what you describe is 
>fairly common in horror movies throughout the world. From my own writings I 
>know that both the 'Final Girl' in slasher movies and her opponent 
>typically come from dysfunctional families, backgrounds of abuse, 
>psychological/physical isolation or simply don't 'fit in'; for example, 
>Laurie Strode from Halloween (1978) is an adopted child, liked by her 
>friends but too cerebral and basically unfashionable to fit in. It 
>certainly applies to Japanese horror cinema as well, but it's a fairly 
>universal concept.
> Interesting parallels in western cinema can be found however. Peter 
>Medak's The Changeling also involves the vengeful spirit of a child left 
>down a well. George C Scott plays a divorcee whose only child was killed 
>recently, driving him into physical isolation in an haunted house deep in 
>the countryside.
> Jim Harper.
>Michael McCaskey wrote:
> --but one of my students is in fact currently trying to write an honors 
>thesis on Japanese horror films, and he has adopted the idea that in many 
>of them, the haunted person/victim is someone who is isolated--such as an 
>only child in a dysfunctional family, a recently divorced or widowed 
>person, a "loner" of some kind. Again, if his idea works much of the time, 
>it may just be because isolation is a factor found in horror films in many 
>cultures and countries.
>Michael McCaskey
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