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The Curse of Frankenstein$
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Marcus K. Harmes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001

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Cinema Part 1: Horror before Hammer

Cinema Part 1: Horror before Hammer

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(p.63) Chapter Four: Cinema Part 1: Horror before Hammer
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The Curse of Frankenstein
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Marcus K. Harmes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0005

This chapter discusses the influences of earlier gothic works on the making of The Curse of Frankenstein. It describes the use of the uncanny, or the appearance of things, objects, situations or people that promote feelings of dread or uncertainty as characteristic of the gothic style. It discusses some of the earlier gothic works in literature and cinema, and the state of horror films in the 1950's as a low point in horror cinema. It discusses comedy horror and points out that in the early development of The Curse of Frankenstein, the film was originally going to at least be partly comedic, which is a reminder of the condition of the horror industry in both Britain and the United States prior to 1956. The chapter points out that while conventional wisdom insists that these horrors made in Hollywood eventually tailed off in quality, they did not lose popularity, giving Hammer a viable model for adaptation.

Keywords:   gothic works, horror films, gothic literature, gothic cinema, gothic style, comedy horror, The Curse of Frankenstein, horror films

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