A Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Denis Gifford

By Denis Gifford

Demanding disguise publication, complete review of the horror motion picture style. totally illustrated with nice images.

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In Carlisle’s opulent glass home, Edward and his vampire siblings learn to control their thirst and peacefully coexist with humans. The open and transparent homestead symbolizes that these vampires have nothing to hide, unlike the Gothic vampires who lived in the shadows and slept in coffins.

But Bella and Edward’s relationship produces two significant tensions that drive the narrative forward. First, Bella’s essential human traits are a constant liability to both herself and the Cullen family. For vampires, Bella is an inexplicably unique specimen. Unlike other humans, Bella’s blood is intoxicating. Thus, bringing her into contact with other, less refined vampires is a unique risk to her safety and to the Cullen family. While the easy solution would be to “turn” Bella, Edward finds the corruption of her soul and virtue to be a selfish and unacceptable outcome.

INTRODUCTION: THE CINEMA OF ABSTINENCE 23 Chapter 5, “Sexploitation in Abstinence Satires,” explores the meaning of virginity as articulated in the 2000s revival of the teen sex adventure and its low-­budget knock-­offs. This chapter looks at what I call “virginsploitation” films, including exploitative Hollywood features such as Superbad (2007) and Easy A (2010), which I contrast with a shadow low-­budget industry that spoofs cinematic anxieties about virginity in films such as American Virgin (2000; 2009), I Am Virgin (2010), and 18-­Year-­Old Virgin (2012).

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