Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text

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Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text

Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text

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Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text

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Hardcover | 15.24 x 1.52 x 22.86 cm | 256 pp

Liverpool University Press | 2015 | 9781781381830

Critical discussion of cult cinema has often noted its tendency to straddle or ignore boundaries, to pull together different sets of conventions, narrative formulas, or character types for the almost surreal pleasure to be found in their sudden juxtapositions or narrative combination. With its own boundary-blurring nature - as both science and fiction, reality and fantasy - science fiction has played a key role in such cinematic cult formation.

This volume examines that largely unexplored relationship, looking at how science fiction film's own double nature neatly matches up with a persistent double vision common to the cult film. It does so by bringing together an international array of scholars to address key questions about the intersections of sf and cult cinema: how different genre elements, directors, and stars contribute to cult formation; what role fan activities, including "con" participation, play in cult development; and how the occulted or "bad" sf cult film works.

The volume pursues these questions by addressing a variety of such sf cult works, including Robot Monster (1953), Zardoz (1974), A Boy and His Dog (1975), Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Space Truckers (1996), Ghost in the Shell 2 (2004), and Iron Sky (2012). What these essays afford is a revealing vision of both the sf aspects of much cult film activity and the cultish aspects of the whole sf genre.

Science Fiction Double Feature is coherent, well organised, and covers the field
effectively. There is a decent balance of the obvious (Blade Runner) and the obscure
(Ghost in the Shell 2). The pieces are written by evident fans and are pitched at a level undergraduates would appreciate, while offering enough novelty and rigour to add something to the field. I can imagine the book would find its way onto modules on sf as well as cult film and fan studies generally. - Professor lan Hunter, De Montfort University.

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