Yesterday -- appropriately Halloween! -- I delivered a class at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for Dr Tanya Horeck's course 'Theorising Spectatorship'. My lecture introduced students to the category 'Realist Horror' as outlined by Cynthia A. Freeland in 1995. We considered various examples from film history including Psycho, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Last Horror Movie and, lastly, the film that the students would go on to discuss in their seminars, Resurrecting the Street Walker. Tanya was kind enough to set the third chapter from my book Contemporary British Horror Cinema as reading.
I'd like to extend my thanks to Tanya for inviting me, and to her very attentive students for listening to my talk.
Dr Johnny Walker
Senior Lecturer in Media, Northumbria University