'Two ways of looking': Affection and aversion in the critical reception of 1940s horror

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Abstract

This essay examines the ways in which the reception of 1940s horror was often bound up with concerns about cultural distinctions, examining the different ways in which New York Times critics evaluated horror productions during the period. While the Times critics displayed affection for many low-budget horror films, particularly those starring Boris Karloff, they complained about both high- and low-budget films that indulged in "psychologization," viewing such subtexts to be pretentious and overreaching, draining the films of their fun and vitality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
JournalCinema Journal
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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