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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Co-Ed Frenzy"; Chapter One; "There's more than one way to lose your Heart":; The Teen Slasher Film - Film-type, Industry Strategies and Film Cycle; Chapter Two; A Slay Ride to Small-Town U.S.A.:; The Emergence and Early Development of the Teen Slasher Film - Black Christmas (1974) and Halloween (1978); Chapter Three; "They were Warned... They are Doomed":; The Development of the Teen Slasher Film, Variant One - Friday the 13th (1980); Chapter Four; Murder on the Dance Floor:; The Development of the Teen Slasher Film, Variant Two - Prom Night (1980); Chapter Five; The Animal House on Sorority Row:; The Establishment of the Teen Slasher Film, 1980-1981; Conclusion: "Time after Time"; Filmography; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Richard Nowell is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of East Anglia in the UK. His recent work also can be seen in the Journal of Film and Video and the Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood.


"Richard Nowell's meticulously researched, engagingly presented and forcefully argued study offers new insights into how films, filmmaking and film marketing operated in the North American film industry of the 1970s and early 1980s. It is an exemplary piece of work, which will hopefully inspire other scholars to work along similar lines." - Peter Kramer, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of East Anglia, UK; author of The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (2005)."

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