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New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror

New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror


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The genre of horror is becoming ever more prominent in the global film market, with both small and large horror releases from around the world enjoying commercial and critical success like never before. Since 2000, the genre has undergone a multitude of developments across a range of cultures and types of media, many of which have yet to receive a full examination by scholars. New Blood fills that gap, presenting an overview of both the established and emerging directions in which the horror genre is moving. By offering up-to-date frameworks for approaching horror media, tied to a series of appropriate case studies, this book will prove a valuable additional to the shelves of researchers, students, and fans of horror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786836342
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 04/30/2021
Series: Horror Studies
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eddie Falvey is a lecturer in contextual studies at Plymouth College of Art. Joe Hickinbottom completed his PhD on the cult reputation of Takashi Miike at the University of Exeter. Jonathan Wroot is senior lecturer in film studies at the University of Greenwich.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Figures and Tables ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Horror 2020: Introducing New Blood Eddie Falvey Joe Hickinbottom Jonathan Wroot 1

Part 1 Framing Horror 13

1 Apprehension Engines: The New Independent 'Prestige Horror' David Church 15

2 Hardcore Horror: Challenging the Discourses of 'Extremity' Steve Jones 35

3 From Midnight Movies to Mainstream Excess: Cult Horror Festivals and the Academy Xavier Mendik 53

Part 2 Horror Reception 81

4 A Master of Horror? The Making and Marketing of Takashi Miike's Horror Reputation Joe Hickinbottom 83

5 Bloody Muscles on VHS: When Asia Extreme Met the Video Nasties Jonathan Wroot 107

6 Streaming Netflix Original Horror: Black Mirror, Stranger Things and Datafied TV Horror Mart Hills 125

Part 3 Emerging Subgenres 145

7 The digital gothic and the Mainstream Horror Genre: Uncanny Vernacular Creativity and Adaptation Jessica Balanzategui 147

8 Nazi Horror, Reanimated: Rethinking Subgenres and Cycles Abigail Whittall 167

9 Digital Witness: Found Footage and Desktop Horror as Post-cinematic Experience Lindsay Hallam 183

Part 4 Horror in the World 201

10 Revisiting the Female Monster: Sex and Monstrosity in Contemporary Body Horror Eddie Falvey 203

11 The Kids are Alt-right: Hardcore Punk, Snbcultural Violence and Contemporary American Politics in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room Thomas Joseph Watson 225

12 Twenty-first-century Euro-snuff: A Serbian Film for the family Neil Jackson 247

Bibliography 265

Index 295

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