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Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Ian Cooper

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The horror film reveals as much, if not more, about the British psyche as the more respectable heritage film or the critically revered social realist drama. Yet, like a mad relative locked in the ... More


‘It’s Alive!’ The Birth of Home-Grown Horror

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter discusses how the interest in British horror films grew at a slow pace. It mentions that there was an enormous popularity of imported American horror films and that this led to a certain ... More


Topographies

Adam Scovell

in Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325239
eISBN:
9781800342224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325239.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the role of landscape in Folk Horror. Landscape can be used to isolate but, especially in British Folk Horror, the realms of possibilities opened up by an aesthetic and thematic ... More


The Descent

James Marriott

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The story of an all-female caving expedition gone horribly wrong, The Descent (2005) is arguably the best of the mid-2000s horror entries to return verve and intensity to the genre. Unlike its peers ... More


Context, Production and Reception

Ian Cooper

in Witchfinder General

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733513
eISBN:
9781800342033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733513.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the context and production of Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General (1968). It first traces the history of British horror cinema, British gothics, and the American International ... More


Introduction

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how British horror films reveal the British national psyche as the heritage film or the social realist drama. It describes the British horror film as the site where high- and ... More


English Gothic

Bryan Turnock

in Studying Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the British horror film industry. Given the country's input in the success of the Hollywood horror films of the 1930s, in terms of source material as well as technicians and ... More


The Influence of the Film

Ian Cooper

in Witchfinder General

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733513
eISBN:
9781800342033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733513.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter highlights the influence of Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General (1968). The element of Witchfinder General that attracted the most comment upon its initial release was the violence, ... More


The American Invasion – Camp and Cruelty

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how British horror and American horror influenced each other. It talks about how the first wave of American horror in the 1930s was made possible by the input of British ... More


‘Bloody Foreigners’ – New Perspectives

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the many contributions of foreign directors to the horror genre. It discusses the American auteur Andy Milligan, describing his work as uniquely, and ferociously individual. ... More


Conclusion

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter summarises the principle theories applied to the reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), placing them in the context of the genre's efficacy at addressing the compulsion to ... More


Introduction

Ian Cooper

in Witchfinder General

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733513
eISBN:
9781800342033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733513.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General (1968), which occupies a unique place in British cinema. Based on the 1966 novel by Ronald Bassett, the film ... More


Terence Fisher Through the Auteur Lens

Victoria Grace Walden

in Studying Hammer Horror

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733322
eISBN:
9781800342569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733322.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Terence Fisher, Hammer Films' most celebrated director. Fisher directed twenty-eight Hammer films between 1952 and 1974 and vehemently refused to be considered an auteur for ... More


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