Royer, Carl, and Diana Royer. The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films: Dark Parades. Haworth, 2005.
A book that traverses multiple horror sub-genres and directors, The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films investigates how “traditional themes of isolation, alienation, death, and transformation” have helped shaped the foundation of horror cinema. Royer provides the reader with a unifying theory of horror films through common motifs by drawing parallels between avant-garde and horror cinemas, two genres on opposite ends of the commercial spectrum. From the art house surrealism of Un Chien Andalou to the horror film royalty of Hitchcock to the exploitation of B-movie horror, The Spectacle of Isolation in Horror Films is a unique resource that delves into the psychology of isolation, paranoia, voyeurism, obsession, alienation, and terror that makes horror films the spectacles we find ourselves entranced by time and again.