Why write about Roman Polanski's Macbeth 1971 as part of a series of books dedicated to the classics of the horror movie genre? Because, Rebekah Owens argues, just as Banquo in Polanski's film holds up a series of mirrors that reflect images of his successors that trace back to his own son Fleance, so subsequent milestones in the genre show their lineage to this work, their originator. Polanski had previously made Repulsion 1965 and Rosemary's Baby 1968, so he was fully aware of the conventions of the horror genre and this film provides clues to his own horror lexicon. This book demonstrates how Macbeth can be read as part of the British Folk tradition, strengthening the reading of the film as a horror movie in its own right through its links to The Wicker Man 1973, Blood on Satan's Claw 1971 and Witchfinder General 1968 then argues the case for its recognition as a horror movie even further, by connecting it to the later American horror classics, such as Halloween 1978. It also explores the popular associations made between the film and Polanski's own life, arguing that they endorse the view of the film as a horror. This book represents the first serious attempt to regard Polanski's Macbeth as a horror film in its own right, and not exclusively as one of a multitude of ongoing Shakespeare film adaptations.
Number of Pages: 120 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781911325130 Publication Date:27/12/2016 Listed in:Film guides & reviews Publisher:Auteur Publishing