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Two New Devil's Advocates - Black Sunday and The Blair Witch Project
By James Whittington, Sunday 10th May 2015

Two new titles in the series Devil’s Advocates from Auteur, a superb line of books devoted to horror cinema will be released on May 28th; Black Sunday and The Blair Witch Project.

Black SundayDespite its reputation as one of the greatest and most influential of all horror films, there is surprisingly little literature dedicated to Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), and this contribution to the Devil's Advocates series is the first single book dedicated to it. Martyn Conterio places the film in the historical context of being one of the first sound Italian horror films and how its success kick-started the Italian horror boom.

The author considers the particularly Italian perspective on the gothic that the film pioneered and its fresh and pioneering approach to horror tropes such as the vampire and the witch and considers how the casting of British 'Scream Queen' Barbara Steele was crucial to the film's effectiveness and success. He also discusses the sometimes confusing history of a film known under many different titles which was first released in the UK in a censored version after a ban of several years.

The Blair Witch projectFew films of any genre have had the influence and impact of The Blair Witch Project (1999). Its arrival was a horror cinema palette cleanser after a decade of serial killers and postmodern tongue-in-cheek intertextuality, a bare bones 'found footage' trend setter. In this Devil's Advocate, Peter Turner tells the story of the film from its conception then provides a unique analysis of the mockumentary filmmaking techniques used, its appeal to audiences and the themes that helped make the film such an international hit (more than $140 million in the US alone), including the pioneering internet marketing campaign.

The book also explores the film's lasting impact on the horror genre with other found footage phenomena such as the Paranormal Activity series.


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