Cult Film as a Guide to Life: Fandom, Adaptation, and Identity by I.Q. HunterCult Film as a Guide to Life: Fandom, Adaptation, and Identity by I.Q. Hunter

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

byI.Q. Hunter

Paperback | September 8, 2016

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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.
I.Q. Hunter is Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK, and the author of British Trash Cinema (2013), editor of British Science Fiction Cinema (1999) and co-editor of British Comedy Cinema (2012) and The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (2016).
Title:Cult Film as a Guide to Life: Fandom, Adaptation, and IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 8, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1623565103

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Table of Contents

Preface 1 For Virgins Only: A Brief Introduction to Cult Film 2 Beaver Las Vegas! A Fanboy's Defence of Showgirls 3 Wasting Time in the Stanley Hotel 5 Cult Adaptations 5 Exploitation as Adaptation 6 Erotic Inferno 7 Tolkien Dirty 8 From Adaptation to Cinephilia: An Intertextual Odyssey 9 Cult film as a Guide to Life Notes Index

Editorial Reviews

A remarkably self-critical reflection on Hunter's own contribution to scholarship and the wider state of academic work in his field.