Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen
Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema. But even from cinema's earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its forms: evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, and darkness.
Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen examines the long line of thieves, rapists, varmints, codgers, dodgers, manipulators, conmen, killers, liars, demons, and cold-blooded megalomaniacs that populate cinematic narrative. From Nosferatu to Tom Ripley, from evil villains to empires of evil, from psychotic slashers to blood thirsty aliens, the contributors consider a wide range of genres and use a variety of critical approaches to examine evil, villainy, and immorality in twentieth-century film.