House of Psychotic Women

by Kier-La Janisse

House of Psychotic Women

  • ISBN-13: 9781913051341
  • Author(s): Kier-La Janisse
  • Subject: Films, cinema
  • Publisher: Fab Press Limited
  • Imprint: Fab Press Limited
  • Publication Date: 15-07-2024
  • Format: p/b

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In 2012, a book debuted that would go on to canonical status and usher in a new way of writing about film. Kier-La Janisse's HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN explored hundreds of films through a daringly personal lens. In this pioneering work, anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and an examination of female madness, both onscreen and off. Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart - 'the eccentric' - the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play. This sharply-designed book, including a 48-page full-colour section, is packed with 680 rare stills, posters, pressbooks and artwork throughout, that combine with family photos and artifacts to form a titillating sensory overload, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure in equal measure. Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog called it 'groundbreaking', no-wave icon Lydia Lunch called it 'a masterpiece', and Molly Ringwald said she 'devoured this compelling, surprising, and moving book'. Re-issued on its 10th anniversary in hardcover to great acclaim, featuring new writing on 100 more films - many of which were inspired in part by the book itself - and hundreds of new images, the expanded edition of Kier-Janisse's renowned text is now available in paperback.
About the book

In 2012, a book debuted that would go on to canonical status and usher in a new way of writing about film. Kier-La Janisse's HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN explored hundreds of films through a daringly personal lens. In this pioneering work, anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and an examination of female madness, both onscreen and off. Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart - 'the eccentric' - the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play. This sharply-designed book, including a 48-page full-colour section, is packed with 680 rare stills, posters, pressbooks and artwork throughout, that combine with family photos and artifacts to form a titillating sensory overload, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure in equal measure. Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog called it 'groundbreaking', no-wave icon Lydia Lunch called it 'a masterpiece', and Molly Ringwald said she 'devoured this compelling, surprising, and moving book'. Re-issued on its 10th anniversary in hardcover to great acclaim, featuring new writing on 100 more films - many of which were inspired in part by the book itself - and hundreds of new images, the expanded edition of Kier-Janisse's renowned text is now available in paperback.

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