British Horror Cinema

Edited by Steve Chibnall, Julian Petley

© 2001 – Routledge

256 pages

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Paperback: 9780415230049
pub: 2001-11-15
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About the Book

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.


'Featuring contributions from such genre stalwarts as Kim Newman, Mark Kermode and Peter Hutchings, the book contains enough intriguing insights to keep even jaded devotees flicking through its pages.' - Film Review

'A very good reference point for anyone interested in the British horror film through the generations.' - Journal of European Area Studies

About the Editors

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies