Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-23
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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This collection was inspired by the observation that film remakes offer us the opportunity to revisit important issues, stories, themes, and topics in a manner that is especially relevant and meaningful to contemporary audiences. Like mythic stories that are told again and again in differing ways, film remakes present us with updated perspectives on timeless ideas. While some remakes succeed and others fail aesthetically, they always say something about the culture in which-and for which-they are produced.

Author Biography

Scott A. Lukas is chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lake Tahoe Community College John Marmysz is professor of philosophy at the College of Marin in California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remadep. 1
Immanent Attack: An Existential Take on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Filmsp. 23
Invasions of Fear: The Body Snatcher Themep. 45
Remaking Romerop. 61
Cultural Anxiety
Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Filmsp. 85
Hollywood's Remake Practices under the Copyright Regime: French Films and Japanese Horror Filmsp. 107
Monsters Reappearing in Great Yokai Wars, 1968-2005p. 129
Trading Spaces: Transnational Dislocations in Insomnia/Insomnia and Ju-on/The Grudgep. 143
Second Chance: Remaking Solarisp. 167
Ape Redux: King Kong and the Kiwisp. 181
Distinct Identities of Star Trek Fan Film Remakesp. 199
Horror Video Game Remakes and the Question of Medium: Remaking Doom, Silent Hill, and Resident Evilp. 221
Film Remake or Film Adaptation? New Media Hollywood and the Digitizing of Gothic Monsters in Van Helsingp. 243
Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 279
Contributorsp. 299
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