SAW – Benjamin Poole (paperback)

“Benjamin Poole’s book is partly an unashamed labour of love from a fan of the genre, but its multifaceted interest in all the various areas pertinent to the study of the film proves useful and insightful… All in all, this is a thought-provoking introduction to one of the most important horror moments of the last decade.” The Gothic Imagination

“…a fascinating and eminently readable book, one that makes a very credible case for the importance of Saw in the horror film canon.” Black Static

“…this book had me completely hooked from beginning to end and eager to share it with colleagues and students… Poole’s explanation of the ‘torture porn’ subgenre and how it has come to be so successful is insightful… a fascinating exploration of the horror genre and this particular subgenre in all its idiosyncrasies… The winning element is the author’s flawless writing style: precise, elegant, knowledgeable. I am definitely going to be investigating the other books in the [Devil’s Advocates] series and can only hope to find such another little gem.” Media Education Association

“This is a great addition to a series of books [Devil’s Advocates] that are starting to become compulsory for horror fans. It will also help you to appreciate just what an original and amazing experience the original SAW truly was.” The Dark Side

Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever, which has spawned subsidiary media and masses of merchandise, including a theme park rollercoaster ride.

What is it about SAW that attracted such a following? In his contribution to the Devil’s Advocates series, Benjamin Poole considers the SAW phenomenon from all aspects of Film and Media Studies from its generic pedigree in both literature and film, to the visceral audience pleasures ( what would I do? ) of the text, the face of horror post-9/11, to the contrasting representations of men and women and the film’s implicit criticism of masculinity.

£9.99   128pp   ISBN: 978-1-906733-56-8   2012

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