Bibliography – Chelsea Davis – Horror and Colour in Film

Chelsea Davis

“It wasn’t like any color I’d ever seen before”: Color in Horror Film and Literature

A Selected Bibliography

Resources on the history of color in film

Abbott, Stacey. Undead Apocalyse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, pp. 24–26.

Barber, X. Theodore. Phantasmagorical Wonders: The Magic Lantern Ghost Show in Nineteenth-Century America. 2020, p. 15.

Batchelor, David. Chromophobia. Reaktion Books, 2000.

Dalle Vacche, Angela, and Brian Price, editors. Color: The Film Reader. Routledge, 2006.

Flückiger, Barbara, et al., editors. Color Mania: The Material of Color in Photography and Film. Lars Muller Publishers, 2019.

Flueckiger, Barbara. Timeline of Historical Film Colors. Accessed 8 Oct. 2020.

Heffernan, Kevin. “The Color of Blood: Hammer Films and Curse of Frankenstein.” Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953–1968, Duke University Press, 2004, pp. 43–62.

Higgins, Scott. Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow: Color Design in the 1930s. University of Texas Press, 2009.

Kalmus, Natalie M. “Color Consciousness.” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, vol. 25, no. 2, Aug. 1935, pp. 139–47. IEEE Xplore.

Santas, Constantine. Responding to Film: A Text Guide for Students of Cinema Art, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001, pp. 117–29.

Street, Sarah, and Joshua Yumibe. Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s. Columbia University Press, 2019.

Yumibe, Joshua. Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

—. “The Phantasmagoria of the First Hand-Painted Films.” Nautilus, 16 July 2015,

Resources on interpreting color

Bissett, John Sterling. The Visceral Beauty of Obsession: Ennio Morricone, Dario Argento, and Their Modern Vision of Mystery and Terror. UC Santa Cruz, 2012.,

Block, Bruce. “Color.” The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media, CRC Press, 2013, pp. 135–66.

Brinckmann, Christine. Color and Empathy: Essays on Two Aspects of Film. Amsterdam University Press, 2014.

Elliot, Andrew J. “Color and Psychological Functioning: A Review of Theoretical and Empirical Work.” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6, Frontiers, 2015. Frontiers, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00368.

Elliot, Andrew J., and Markus A. Maier. “Color-in-Context Theory.” Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, edited by Patricia Devine and Ashby Plant, vol. 45, Academic Press, 2012, pp. 61–125. ScienceDirect, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-394286-9.00002-0.

Emerson, Jim. “Vertigo.” RogerEbert.Com, Feb. 1996,

Gage, John. Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction. University of California Press, 1999.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Theory of Colours. J. Murray, 1840. Internet Archive, Accessed 8 Oct. 2020.

Luiza Liz Bond, and Lewis Michael Bond. Colour In Storytelling. 2015. YouTube,

Manders, Stanley. “Terror in Technicolor: Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC Recalls the Details of His Approach to Dario Argento’s Legendary Horror Film Suspiria.” American Cinematographer, vol. 2, 2010, pp. 68–78.

Naremore, James. “Remaking Psycho.” Framing Hitchcock: Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual, edited by Christopher Brookhouse and Sidney Gottlieb, Wayne State University Press, 2002, pp. 387–96.

Santas, Constantine. “Responding to Black and White.” Responding to Film: A Text Guide for Students of Cinema Art, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001, pp. 116–29.

Resources on color in fiction

Doran, Sabine. The Culture of Yellow: Or, The Visual Politics of Late Modernity. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2013.

Kathryn Hughes. “House of Horror: The Poisonous Power of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’” The Guardian, 7 Feb. 2020,

Lanser, Susan S. “Feminist Criticism, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ and the Politics of Color in America.” Feminist Studies, vol. 15, no. 3, Feminist Studies, Inc., 1989, pp. 415–41. JSTOR.x

Mitchell, W. J. T. Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology. University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Wolter, Jürgen. “‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’: The Ambivalence of Changing Discourses.” Amerikastudien / American Studies, vol. 54, no. 2, Universitätsverlag WINTER Gmbh, 2009, pp. 195–210. JSTOR.

Zimmerman, Brett. “The Puzzle of the Color Symbolism in ‘The Masque of the Red Death’: Solved at Last?” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 10, no. 3, Penn State University Press, 2009, pp. 60–73. JSTOR.

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