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Italian Horror Cinema$
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Stefano Baschiera and Russ Hunter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693528

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693528.001.0001

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Preferisco l’inferno: Early Italian Horror Cinema

Preferisco l’inferno: Early Italian Horror Cinema

(p.15) 1. Preferisco l’inferno: Early Italian Horror Cinema
Italian Horror Cinema

Russ Hunter

Edinburgh University Press

The precise generic beginnings of horror cinema have the odd status of being both simultaneously clear and opaque. The general trend in studies of horror cinema has been to date the genre’s beginnings around the release of the series of Universal’s ‘monster movies’ beginning with Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931) and Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931). The desire to search for the antecedents, roots and origins of any genre leads film scholars to identify certain texts as key turning points that effectively lay the ground for what follows. While this view of genre can be overly deterministic, it is nonetheless true that some texts rather than others are given the status of key reference points based upon their perceived historical importance.

Keywords:   Horror, Cinema, Monster, Universal, Genre

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