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Sex, controversy, box-office: from blockbuster to bonkbuster

Feasey, R (2003) 'Sex, controversy, box-office: from blockbuster to bonkbuster.' In: Stringer, J, ed. Movie blockbusters. Routledge, London, pp. 167-177. ISBN 9780415256094

Abstract

In this chapter, I want to consider how the cycle of 1990s blockbuster erotic thrillers was received by film critics and cultural commentators - in short, by review journalism. Demonstrating that the mere presence of a high concept does not guarantee good box-office, I consider the different reception fates of one of the successful of the erotic thriller event movies, namely Basic Instinct (1992), and an example of a 'failed blockbuster', namely Showgirls (1995). In order to illustrate the shifts in cultural status occasioned by critical discussion of these two specific movies, I draw on a range of contemporary film reviews, interviews and feature articles from critical, legitimate, popular and ephemeral media sources.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2015 21:01
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:30
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/5574
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