Gothic Film: A Brief History

Gothic films are at once very easy and very difficult to categorise. Within the wider context of the “horror” genre, gothic films are linked directly to the literary gothic of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, often adapting the original novels – for example: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (Germany, 1922), Tod Browning’s Dracula  ...

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The Saw is Family

I can certainly still remember my first time. It was a grainy VHS transfer from a US copy, procured under the counter in 1984 from the same guy who sold me I Spit on Your GraveA Clockwork Orange, and Dawn of the Mummy, films you can now routinely see on television but possession of which back then could get you arrested ...

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Monster Movies

‘Monster movie’ is a colloquial term for a sub-genre within horror, science fiction and fantasy film characterised by the threat of something large and frightening (or a bunch of small ones). Although most traditional horror antagonists are, technically, monsters, the designation is usually limited to oversized but essentially dumb ...

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The House of Hammer

Hammer was a small, family-run British film production company that once dominated the global horror market and remains hugely influential. Hammer resurrected the gothic icons discarded by Hollywood after the war in stylish, sexy and violent films that captured the essence of the original literary form, and functioned ...

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Remembering Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson was a prolific novelist, short story and script writer responsible for some of the most iconic horror and science fiction, film and television produced in America after the Second World War - along with H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, he is probably the most significant and influential horror writer of the twentieth century.

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Tim Burton's Vincent

The history of Gothic film can be read in Dark Shadows, as it can in all of Burton’s work, referenced, reproduced, and refined as the codes of the literary and cinematic Gothic are combined with surprising childhood sources, so that Edgar Allan Poe meets Dr. Seuss, and slamming the Rankin/Bass seasonal television special into ...

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Theda Bara's Autograph

Bara exists as a static image; multiply photographed, she is more like a famous model than the great actress she undoubtedly was, the best of her performances as lost to us as those of any other Victorian stage performer. She was in many ways the first twentieth century sex symbol, her image crafted by Hollywood publicists ...

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