Book Giveaway! Suburban Fantastic Cinema: Growing Up in the Late Twentieth Century, By Angus McFadzean

A master class in film genre criticism. It offers careful and close analysis of the films in its corpus, and is a great example of how much meaning is latent in popular films that are sometimes dismissed as merely juvenile or crassly commercial.

~Bradley Schauer, University of Arizona

This week, we are featuring Angus McFadzean’s Suburban Fantastic Cinema: Growing Up in the Late Twentieth Centurya study of American movies in which preteen and teenage suburban boys are called upon to combat a disruptive force. Beginning in the 1980s, the suburban fantastic established itself as a popular commercial model combining coming-of-age melodramas with elements drawn from science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Take some time during your holiday break to watch (or re-watch) suburban fantastic classics such as E.T. and Poltergeist and check back throughout the week for a post from McFadzean on how these films influence the mega-hit Stranger Things. In the meantime, enter the drawing below for a chance to win a copy of this book!

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