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The Films of Terence Fisher$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.001.0001

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The Gothic Impulse – Vampirism

The Gothic Impulse – Vampirism

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(p.237) Chapter 6 The Gothic Impulse – Vampirism
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The Films of Terence Fisher
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0006

This chapter analyses how Terrence Fisher's and Hammer Studios's use of a mechanistic medium to distribute film mirrors the use of the printing press to first publish the “Penny Dreadfuls” in Victorian England. It mentions James B. Twitchell, who notes in his study Dreadful Pleasures that the key to the central elements of the Gothic mythos for the public is “repeatable image-making”. It also notes Fisher as the first Gothicist to have precisely the right censorial climate and the sensibility to be able to translate the term “implicit” to the screen. The chapter discusses how Fisher adamantly stated in a 1975 interview that he had not originated either Dracula or The Curse of Frankenstein as a project. It looks at Fisher's insistence to have very little input on casting in Dracula, which was subordinate to his interests in the narrative.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, Hammer Studios, Penny Dreadfuls, Gothic mythos, Gothicist, Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein

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