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TitleFilm, Folklore and Urban Legends
PublisherThe Scarecrow Press
ISBN 139780810860254
CategoryArts - Film
Author
LanguageEnglish
File Size1.4 MB
Total Pages217
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MIKEL J . KOVEN

FILM,
FOLKLORE,

URBAN
LEGENDS

AND

FILM
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ND URBAN LEGENDS
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FILM • FOLKLORE

rom Alien to When a Stranger Calls, many fi lms are based on folklore or employ an

element of urban legend to propel the narrative. But once folklore aspects within such

fi lms have been identifi ed, do they warrant further scrutiny? In Film, Folklore, and

Urban Legends, Mikel J. Koven explores the convergence of folklore with popular cinema

studies, bringing attention to the signifi cance of these intertwined modes of storytelling.

Going well beyond the identifi cation of traditional motifs in popular cinema, Koven reveals

new paradigms of fi lm analysis that expand through the lens of folklore. In particular, this

book focuses on the study of urban legends and how they inspired numerous fi lms.

This book begins with a general survey of existing literature on folklore and fi lm, predominantly

from the perspective of folklore studies. Subsequent chapters address discourses of belief,

how urban legends provide the organizing principle of some fi lms, and how certain fi lms

“act out” or perform a legend. Movies discussed include Alligator, Candyman, The Curve,

Dead Man on Campus, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, Weekend at

Bernie’s, and The Wicker Man, as well as zombie fi lms, killer-bee movies, and slasher fi lms,

including Black Christmas, The Burning, Halloween, and Terror Train. Koven also devotes

attention to such key television shows as The X-Files and Most Haunted.

In his analysis, Koven explains not only how fi lm and television narratives are built upon

preexisting popular culture beliefs but also how those beliefs are recycled back into popular

culture. Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends stands on its own both as the fi rst book-length

study of folklore and popular cinema and as an introductory textbook for the study of folklore

and fi lm.

MIKEL J. KOVEN is senior lecturer in fi lm studies at the University of Worcester. He is
the author of Blaxploitation Films (2001) and La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the

Italian Giallo Film (Scarecrow, 2006).

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Cover image from Urban Legend (1998), Tri-Star Pictures/Photofest © Tri-Star Pictures
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ISBN-13: 978-0-8108-6025-4
ISBN-10: 0-8108-6025-2

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Film, Folklore, and
Urban Legends

Mikel J. Koven

The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Lanham, Maryland • Toronto • Plymouth, UK

2008

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