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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman$
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Alicia Kozma and Finley Freibert

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474482349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.001.0001

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My Teenage Cinematic Love Affair with Doris Wishman

My Teenage Cinematic Love Affair with Doris Wishman

(p.178) Chapter 10 My Teenage Cinematic Love Affair with Doris Wishman
ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman

Rebekah McKendry

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details the impact Wishman has had on present and future women filmmakers working in genre films. Written self-reflexively, the chapter extends an anecdote of how the author was able to access Wishman’s films in a small town at a young age due to the advent of VHS mail-order and the circulation of horror fandom publications. This story serves as a metaphor for Wishman’s extended influence, however unlikely, across time and space. This chapter also considers how genre conventions shape production decisions in a way that is often more up to the investor and the market than the director. Finally, it argues that increased access to Wishman’s films has increased her appreciation by fans of cult cinema.

Keywords:   Horror fandom, Cult Cineam, VHS, Women directors, Genre film studies

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