British Horror Cinema

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Steve Chibnall, Julian Petley
Routledge, Nov 15, 2001 - Performing Arts - 256 pages

British Horror Cinema investigates a wealth of horror filmmaking in Britain, from early chillers like The Ghoul and Dark Eyes of London to acknowledged classics such as Peeping Tom and The Wicker Man.

Contributors explore the contexts in which British horror films have been censored and classified, judged by their critics and consumed by their fans. Uncovering neglected modern classics like Deathline, and addressing issues such as the representation of family and women, they consider the Britishness of British horror and examine sub-genres such as the psycho-thriller and witchcraftmovies, the work of the Amicus studio, and key filmmakers including Peter Walker.

Chapters include:

  • the 'Psycho Thriller'
  • the British censors and horror cinema
  • femininity and horror film fandom
  • witchcraft and the occult in British horror
  • Horrific films and 1930s British Cinema
  • Peter Walker and Gothic revisionism.

Also featuring a comprehensive filmography and interviews with key directors Clive Barker and Doug Bradley, this is one resource film studies students should not be without.


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The return of the repressed? British horrors heritage and future
The British censors and horror cinema
A crude sort of entertainment for a crude sort of audience the British critics and horror cinema
Screaming for release femininity and horror film fandom in Britain
Horrific films and 1930s British cinema
Psychothriller questce que cest?
Necromancy in the UK witchcraft and the occult in British horror
The old dark house the architecture of ambiguity in The Turn of the Screw and The Innocents
The Amicus house of horror
A descent into the underworld Death Line
A heritage of evil Pete Walker and the politics of Gothic revisionism
On the side of the demons Clive Barkers pleasures and painsInterviews with Clive Barker and Doug Bradley
Dying light an obituary for the great British horror movie
Filmography of British horror films of the sound era

BarbaraJulia Carol Myra and Nell diagnosing female madness in British horror cinema

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About the author (2001)

Steve Chibnall is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at DeMontfort University, Leicester. He is the co-editor of British Crime Cinema (Routledge 1999). Julian Petley is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Information Studies at Brunel University. He is co-editor of Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate: Second Edition (Routledge 2001).

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