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Steffen Hantke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734539

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.001.0001

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How the Masters of Horror Master Their Personae

How the Masters of Horror Master Their Personae

Self-Fashioning at Play in the Masters of Horror DVD Extras

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(p.193) How the Masters of Horror Master Their Personae
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American Horror Film
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Ben Kooyman

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0011

Masters of Horror is a television anthology series that debuted on October 28, 2005, on U.S. cable network Showtime. Each season comprises thirteen self-contained hour-long episodes, each directed by a different “Master of Horror”: a director deemed to have made a significant contribution to the horror genre. This chapter offers a deconstructive analysis of both the Master label and the self-fashioning motifs that run through the DVD extras, and explores tensions circulating around and within the project, with a particular focus on directors Stuart Gordon and John Landis, their season-one episodes, and the accompanying DVD paratexts. It is argued that the assortment of tensions constituting the series is dialectical.

Keywords:   American horror film, television anthology, Stuart Gordon, John Landis

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