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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


Rurality

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/9781911325239.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates the use of the rural setting in Folk Horror. David Gladwell's 1976 experimental feature Requiem for a Village questions the logic of such location-bred violence by looking ... More


‘Sumer-Is-Icumen-In’: Modern Folk Horror

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/9781911325239.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the recent resurgence of Folk Horror in a variety of media. It highlights Robert Eggers' horror film The Witch (2015), not simply because the film has managed to put ... More


Trilogy

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/9781911325239.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the relationships found in three predominant cinematic examples of Folk Horror: Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), and The Wicker Man (1973). The ... More


Occultism, Hauntology and the Urban ‘Wyrd’

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/9781911325239.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the presence of the occult-flavoured esoteric content within the Folk Horror genre; where pagan entities evoke forms of devil worship, witchcraft, and magic(k). It also ... More


Folk horror and the contemporary cult of British rural landscape: the case of Blood on Satan’s Claw

Paul Newland

in British Rural Landscapes on Film

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719091575
eISBN:
9781526115270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091575.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter I argue two separate (but related) things. Firstly, focusing primarily on the cult film Blood on Satan’s Claw (Piers Haggard, 1971), I explore the generic qualities of a range of ... More


The Witch’s Generic, Literary and Filmic Background

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After a brief overview of theories of genre, the chapter argues that The Witch can best be understood as participating in the folk horror genre. While folk horror is most often associated with ... More


‘Hours dreadful and things strange’

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/9781911325239.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides an overview of Folk Horror. The term ‘Folk Horror’ seems to have been coined by one of the genre's true proprietors, director Piers Haggard. In an interview, he suggests that he ... More


Introduction

David Evans-Powell

in The Blood on Satan's Claw

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348349
eISBN:
9781800850958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348349.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter outlines the rationale for the monograph, explaining how and where The Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man (often collectively termed the ‘unholy ... More


The Blood on Satan's Claw

David Evans-Powell

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348349
eISBN:
9781800850958
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348349.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Widely regarded as one of the foundational 'Unholy Trinity' of folk horror film, The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) has been comparatively over-shadowed, if not maligned, when compared to Witchfinder ... More


Readings

Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Starting with an exploration of the title, the chapter brings together the background work and character discussion to offer a reading of the film as a whole. Through an exploration of Thomasin’s ... More


The Witch

Brandon Grafius

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The book offers an overview of the religious history, generic background, and folklore influences on Robert Eggers’ film The Witch (2015). In addition, it provides close readings of the film and the ... More


Conclusion

Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a brief summary of the book’s findings on The Witch. It provides an overview of The Witch’s growing influence on 21st century folk horror, as well as reflections on the ... More


Characters and Family Dynamics

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter treats the characters of The Witch (2015) individually, exploring how each of them reveals their personal hopes and anxieties, then discusses how these individual character arcs combine ... More


Introduction

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A brief overview of the film, the career of writer-director Robert Eggers, and the production history of the film.


Folkloric Elements in The Witch

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the aspects of folklore employed by The Witch (2015), including its depiction of Satan and witchcraft. The chapter identifies particular sources that resonate with the film, ... More


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