Synopses & Reviews
The term "cult film star" has been employed, and used as a common-sense term, in publicity and popular journalistic writing for at least the last twenty-five years. However, what makes cult film stars or actors distinct or different from other film stars has rarely been addressed, with the cult star label often being attributed to particular stars or actors in an imprecise way. This edited collection provides a much-needed overview of the variety of processes through which film stars and actors become associated with the cult label. It brings together chapters from an international group of scholars which focus on a wide range of cult stars and actors, from Montgomery Clift and Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt. The collection makes important, previously under-explored, connections between two key disciplines within film and media studies: stardom/celebrity studies and cult film studies.
'This book makes for a compelling read, offering a series of original insights alongside valuable synthesis of existing literature in the twin fields of stardom and cult cinema, also providing insightful analysis and textual readings of a wide range of films. It promises to make a significant contribution to various sub-disciplinary areas of film studies: most notably, stardom and cult cinema but also fandom and performance.' - Martin Shingler, University of Sunderland, UK
'The editors and contributors exhibit a strong understanding of cult cinema and star studies with engaging and accessible writing
throughout the anthology. This is an insightful and fascinating collection that opens new doors to exploring cult films and stardom.' - Julie Lobalzo Wright, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
About the Author
KATE EGAN is a lecturer in film studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Trash or Treasure?: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007) and The Evil Dead (2011).
SARAH THOMAS is a lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Peter Lorre - Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe (2012).
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Star-Making, Cult-Making and Forms of Authenticity; K.Egan and S.ThomasPART I: CONNECTING 'CULT' AND 'STARDOM'
Cult Movies With and Without Cult Stars: Differentiating Discourses of Stardom; M.HillsMarginal Moments of Spectacle: Character Actors, Cult Stardom and Hollywood Cinema; S.ThomasPART II: CULT STARDOM AND THE MAINSTREAM: MANAGEMENT, MEDIATION AND NEGOTIATION
'You're Bill Groundhog-Day-Ghostbusting-Ass Murray': 'Mainstream' Success, Star Agency and Cult Reinvention; J.WhalleyPrisoner of Cool: Chloë Sevigny, Alternative Stardom and Image Management; J.SextonFrom Behind the Masks to Inside: Acting, Authenticity and the Star Wars Co-Stars; J.ScottPART III: DIRECTORS, REPUTATIONS AND CULT ACTING
Vincent Price and Cult Performance: The Case of Witchfinder General; J.SmithHal Hartley's 'Look-out-Martin-Donovan's-in the-house!' shot: The Transformative Cult Indie star-director Relationship and Performance 'idiolect'; S.RawleCronenberg Connected: Cameo Acting, Cult Stardom and Supertexts; E.MathijsLow-flying Stars: Cult Stardom in Mumblecore; J.LyonsPART IV: CULT IDENTITIES: GENDER, BODIES AND OTHERNESS
Damaged Beauty: Montgomery Clift, Tragedy and the Redefinition of a Star Image; K.McNallyForever Emmanuelle: Sylvia Kristel and Soft-core Cult Stardom; L.WimmerA Real Horror Star: Articulating the Extreme Authenticity of Ingrid Pitt; K.Egan'You're really a Miniature Bond': Weng Weng and the Transnational Dimensions of Cult Film Stardom; I.R.SmithPART V: CULT STARDOM IN CONTEXT: CONNOISSEURSHIP AND FILM CRITICISM
'The Screen's Number One and Number Two Bogeymen': The Critical Reception of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the 1930s and 1940s; M.Jancovich and S.Brown