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The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema

1st Edition

Edited by Ernest Mathijs, Jamie Sexton

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528 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema offers an overview of the field of cult cinema – films at the margin of popular culture and art that have received exceptional cultural visibility and status mostly because they break rules, offend and challenge understandings of achievement (some are so bad they’re good, others so good they remain inaccessible)

Cult cinema is no longer only comprised of the midnight movie or the extreme genre film. Its range has widened and the issues it broaches have become battlegrounds in cultural debates that typify the first quarter of the twenty-first century. Sections are introduced with the major theoretical frameworks, philosophical inspirations, and methodologies for studying cult films, with individual chapters excavating the most salient criticism of how the field impacts cultural discourse at large. Case studies include the worst films ever, exploitation films, genre cinema, multiple media formats cult cinema is expressed through, issues of cultural, national, and gender representations, elements of the production culture of cult cinema, and, throughout, aspects of the aesthetics of cult cinema – its genre, style, look, impact, and ability to yank viewers out of their comfort zones.

The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema goes beyond the traditional scope of Anglophone and North-American cinema by including case studies of East and South Asia, continental Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, making it an innovative and important resource for researchers and students alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Cult Cinema Studies Experience

PART I: GENRES AND CYCLES

Genres, Cycles and Modes

  1. ‘Naughty’, ‘Nasty’, ‘Culty’: Exploitation Film – Ernest Mathijs
  2. Underground Film and Cult Cinema – Glyn Davis
  3. Cult-Art Cinema: Defining Cult-Art Ambivalence – David Andrews
  4. "It happens by accident": Failed Intentions, Incompetence, and Sincerity in Badfilm – Becky Bartlett
  5. Cult Horror Cinema – Steffen Hantke
  6. Cult Science Fiction Cinema – Mark Bould
  7. Cult Comedy Cinema – Seth Soulstein
  8. The Italian Giallo – Alexia Kannas
  9. PART II: GLOBAL AND LOCAL CULT CINEMA

    Global and Local Cult Cinema

  10. Latsploitation – Dolores Tierney
  11. Iranian Cult Cinema - Babak Tabarraee
  12. Rebels Without a Cause: The Bombay Cult Film – Vibhushan Subba
  13. East Asian Cult Cinema – Robyn Citizen
  14. Anime Is (Not) Cult: Gainax and the Limits of Cult Cinema – Rayna Dennison
  15. Blaxploitation – Harry M. Benshoff
  16. PART III: CRITICAL CONCEPTS

    Critical Concepts

  17. Cult Cinema and Gender – Brenda Austin-Smith
  18. Cult Cinema and Nostalgia – Renee Middlemost
  19. Oc/cult Film and Video – Anna Powell
  20. "It's like looking at your past crimes at a parole hearing": Transgression in Cult Cinema– Tom Watson
  21. Access All Areas? Anglo-American Film Censorship and Cult Cinema in the Digital Era – Emma Pett
  22. Cult Cinema and Camp – Julia Mendenhall
  23. PART IV: EXHIBITION, DISTRIBUTION

    Cult Film Distribution and Exhibition

  24. Midnight Movies- Carter Moulton
  25. Drive-in and Grindhouse Theaters – David Church
  26. Blood cults: historicising the North American "shot on video" horror movie – Johnny Walker
  27. Cult Cinema in the Digital Age – Iain Robert Smith
  28. Cult Cinema and Film Festivals – Russ Hunter
  29. PART V: FANDOM

    Cult Fandom

  30. Conventions and Cosplay – Lynn Zuberbnis
  31. Grown Woman Shit: A Case for Magic Mike XXL as Cult Text – Amanda Anna Klein
  32. The Cut between Us: Digital Remix and the Expression of Self– Jennifer Ng
  33. The Professionalised Fandom of Careers in Cult: "Passionate Work" within Academia and Industry – Matt Hills
  34. PART VI: MUSIC AND SOUND

    Sound and Music in Cult Film

  35. Cult Musicals – Ethan de Seife
  36. Cult Soundtracks (Music) – James Wierzbicki
  37. Sounding out cult cinema: the ‘bad’, the ‘weird’ and the ‘old’ – Nessa Johnston
  38. PART VII: AESTHETICS AND INTERMEDIALITY

    Cult Film Aesthetics

  39. Inside an Actor's Scrapbook. Heath Ledger's Aesthetic Practice of Unbalancing– Jörg Sternagel
  40. Special Effects and the Cult Film: Cult Film Production and Analogue Nostalgia on the Digital Effects Pipeline – Leon Gurevitch
  41. Production Play: Sets, Props, and Costumes in Cult Films – Tamao Nakahara
  42. Cult Film and Adaptation – I.Q. Hunter
  43. Cult Film – Cult Television – Stacey Abbott
  44. PART VIII: AUTEURS

    Cult Auteurs

  45. "It’s a strange world": David Lynch – Jeffrey Weinstock
  46. "You guys always bring me the very best violence": Making the Case for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and Serenity as Mainstream Cult – Erin Giannini
  47. Anti-Auteur: The Films of Roberta Findlay – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  48. Anna Biller – Jennifer O’Meara
  49. Alejandro Jodorowsky and El Topo – Antonio Lazaro-Reboll
  50. PART IX: ACTORS

    Cult Cinema Acting

  51. Judy Garland – Steven Cohan
  52. From the Other Side of the Wind: Dennis Hopper – Adrian Martin
  53. Barbara Steele – Nia Edwards-Behi
  54. Bruce Lee: Cult (Film) Icon– Paul Bowman
  55. All He Needs Is Love: The Cult of Klaus Kinski – Ian Cooper
  56. Crispin Glover – Sarah Thomas

About the Editors

Ernest Matihjs is Professor of Film Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He teaches and writes on cult cinema. With Jamie Sexton he has written Cult Cinema (2011). He is the co-author of 100 Cult Films, and the author of The Cinema of David Cronenberg.

Jamie Sextonis Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University, UK. He is author of Cultographies: Stranger Than Paradise (2018) and co-author with Ernest Mathijs of Cult Cinema (2012). He is currently writing a monograph on American independent cinema and indie music cultures.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies