Cult Film as a Guide to Life Fandom, Adaptation, and Identity

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  • Copyright: 2016-09-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Cult Film as a Guide to Life investigates the world and experience of cult films, from well-loved classics to the worst movies ever made. Including comprehensive studies of cult phenomena such as trash films, exploitation versions, cult adaptations, and case studies of movies as different as Showgirls, Room 237 and The Lord of the G-Strings, this lively, provocative and original book shows why cult films may just be the perfect guide to making sense of the contemporary world.

Using his expertise in two fields, I.Q. Hunter also explores the important overlap between cult film and adaptation studies. He argues that adaptation studies could learn a great deal from cult and fan studies about the importance of audiences' emotional investment not only in texts but also in the relationships between them, and how such bonds of caring are structured over time.

The book's emergent theme is cult film as lived experience. With reference mostly to American cinema, Hunter explores how cultists, with their powerful emotional investment in films, care for them over time and across numerous intertexts in relationships of memory, nostalgia and anticipation.

Author Biography

I.Q. Hunter is a Reader in Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK. He has published widely on cult film, genre cinema (especially British), and adaptations. He is Series Co-editor of British Popular Cinema (Routledge) for which he edited British Science Fiction Cinema (1999) and co-edited British Comedy Cinema (2012), and he has co-edited nine other books, including Controversial Images and Science Fiction Across Media: Adaptation / Novelization.

Table of Contents

Part One: Very Bad Things

Chapter One: Beaver Las Vegas! A Fan-boy's Defence of Showgirls
Chapter Two: Meh: Boredom, Hatred, Indifference and the Movies
Chapter Three: Film Studies Goes to Hell

Part Two: Intertextuality Unleashed

Chapter Four: Cult Adaptations
Chapter Five: Exploitation as Adaptation
Chapter Six: Tolkien Dirty

Part Three: Head Trips

Chapter Seven: A (Psychogeographical) Rough Guide to The Lost Continent
Chapter Eight: To Zabriskie Point
Chapter Nine: Cult Film as a Guide to Life

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