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Selling the Splat PackThe DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film$
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Mark Bernard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685493

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.001.0001

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Scars, Both Material and Cyber

Scars, Both Material and Cyber

Haute Tension and The Descent on DVD

(p.165) 8. Scars, Both Material and Cyber
Selling the Splat Pack

Mark Bernard

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines two horror films made by Splat Pack directors and released on DVD: Alexandre Aja's Haute Tension (released in France in 2003 and as High Tension in the United States in 2005) and Neil Marshall's The Descent (released in Britain in 2005 and in the United States in 2006). Haute Tension and The Descent are metacinematic exercises in horror film-making that have made Aja and Marshall darlings of more film-literate, ‘hardcore’ horror fans, a group of fans who have not necessarily embraced the rest of the Splat Pack. Lionsgate tampered with both films when they released them in cinemas in the United States. The DVDs retain evidence of this tampering in various ways, with this residue constituting what Timothy Corrigan calls the ‘material scars’ of a film's troubled production and/or release. The chapter considers the ways in which Aja and Marshall play with intertextuality as well as genre and gender conventions through their films.

Keywords:   horror films, Splat Pack, DVD, Alexandre Aja, Haute Tension, Neil Marshall, The Descent, film tampering, intertextuality, gender

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