Contemporary British Horror Cinem: Industry, Genre and Society offers a scholarly overview of UK horror film production since the year 2000, analysing the cultural and economic context of the genre's revival in close detail. Drawing on significant industrial practices, writers, directors and filmic trends, the book analyses issues of production and representation in relation to some of the most popular and obscure films. Combining industrial research and primary interview material with detailed textual analysis, the book aims to look beyond the dominant paradigms which have explained away British horror in the past, and sheds light on one of the most dynamic and distinctive, yet scarcely talked about, areas of contemporary British film production. The book considers high profile theatrical releases, as well as direct-to-DVD and self-distributed movies, to give as full a picture as possible of British horror film production in the twenty-first century.
- Long time dead (read online for free here)
- British film production and the horror genre
- Nasty ressurections
- In the doghouse
- Heartless hoodies
- Let the quiet ones in
- A kingdom of horror
"With this volume, Johnny Walker brings up to date both horror film criticism and writings on British national cinema. Contemporary British Horror Cinema seamlessly weaves together narratives of changing film finance and distribution, aesthetic tropes of twenty-first century international horror cinema, fan culture and reception, and genre films' vital engagement with contemporary social reality. British horror cinema is experiencing a commercial and artistic renaissance, and now there is a critical study worthy of the films themselves."
-- Kevin Heffernan, Southern Methodist University, author of Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1952-1968 (Duke University Press)
"The twenty-first century has seen the highly welcome rebirth of the British horror film, but it has long awaited a really substantial work which not only guides the reader through the truly remarkable number of horror films which have been produced since the turn of the millennium but also explains all the various factors - cultural, technological, industrial, economic - which have made this renaissance possible. Johnny Walker has now written that work, and anybody interested in the horror film, and indeed in British cinema, owes him a huge debt of gratitude. "
-- Julian Petley, Brunel University London, co-editor of British Horror Cinema (Routledge)
"What ties together the new Hammer films and Hoodie Horror? This wonderful book has the answers. Meticulously researched and bold in asserting connections between film practice and cultural sensitivities, Johnny Walker's comprehensive overview covers dozens of British horror movies since 2000, many of them worthy of (re-)discovery, that testify to the vibrancy of a volatile industry."
-- Ernest Mathijs, University of British Columbia, co-author of Cult Cinema (Wiley Blackwell)
"In taking an approach that considers the various industrial changes and circumstances which surround the contemporary films in question, Walker’s work stands as an excellent British counterpart to recent academic work on contemporary American horror films by Richard Nowell (Blood Money (2011) and Merchants of Menace (2014)), Mark Bernard (Selling the Splat Pack (2015)) and Steve Jones (Torture Porn (2013)). As a result, Walker’s work makes important inroads into the business of making horror films in a contemporary British context, as well as providing detailed and insightful textual analysis of key texts from the past decade or so of film-making."
-- Nia Edwards-Behi, Journal of British Cinema and Television
"I have to declare an interest: Johnny Walker's compellingly well researched study of the contemporary British horror film industry affords me a namecheck – one which is not necessarily critical, but suggests that I (like so many other writers on the genre) have a focus on British Gothic Cinema in my book of that title, with not a great deal of attention to current, edgier films. Johnny Walker is absolutely right, of course, and that imbalance is recalculated with this pleasingly fact-laden study, which draws together many strands — from commercial to the creative — which affect the contemporary industry (such as it is – in an ever more parlous state). The book is essential reading for any aficionado of the genre ..."
-- Barry Forshaw, crimetime.co.uk
-- Barry Forshaw, crimetime.co.uk