New Blood

Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror

Editor(s): Eddie Falvey Jonathan Wroot Joe Hickinbottom

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

Series: Horror Studies

  • November 2020 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786836342
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786836366
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786836373
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786836359

About The Book

The importance of horror’s current position in the global film market cannot be overlooked, with both small and large horror releases from across the world enjoying commercial and critical success as never before. Since 2000, the horror genre has undergone a multitude of developments, which have occurred across a range of cultures and types of media. That many of these development are yet to receive a full examination by academic writing is addressed in this exciting and much-needed edited collection. New Blood advances on preceding scholarship to provide an overview of both the established and emerging directions in which the horror genre is moving and, by offering up-to-date frameworks for approaching horror media tied to a series of appropriate case studies, it will prove a valuable addition to the shelves of researchers, students and fans of horror.


Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
Biographies of Contributors
Horror 2020: Introducing New Blood – Eddie Falvey, Joe Hickinbottom, Jonathan Wroot

Part I: Framing Horror
Apprehension Engines: The New Independent ‘Prestige Horror’ – David Church
Hardcore Horror: Challenging the Discourses of ‘Extremity’- Steve Jones
From Midnight Movies to Mainstream Excess: Cult Horror Festivals and the Academy – Xavier Mendik

Part II: Horror Reception
A Master of Horror? The Making and Marketing of Takashi Miike’s Horror Reputation – Joe Hickinbottom
Bloody Muscles on VHS: When Asia Extreme Met the Video Nasties – Jonathan Wroot
Streaming Netflix Original Horror: Black Mirror, Stranger Things and Datafied TV Horror – Matt Hills

Part III: Emerging Subgenres
Slender Men and Candle Coves: Digital Gothic and the Mainstream Horror Genre – Jessica Balanzategui
Nazi Horror, Reanimated: Rethinking Subgenres and Cycles – Abigail Whittall
Digital Witness: Found Footage and Desktop Horror as Post-Cinematic Experience – Lindsay Hallam

Part IIII: Horror in the World
Revisiting the Female Monster: Sex and Monstrosity in Contemporary Body Horror – Eddie Falvey
The Kids are Alt-Right: Hardcore Punk, Subcultural Violence and Contemporary American Politics in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room – Thomas Joseph Watson
21st Century Euro-Snuff: A Serbian Film for the Family – Neil Jackson

About the Editor(s)

Eddie Falvey

Eddie Falvey completed an AHRC-funded PhD on the early films of New York. He is currently a Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Plymouth College of Art, and his current research interests include film, horror and reception studies.

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Jonathan Wroot

Jonathan Wroot is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Greenwich. He regularly publishes work on Japanese cinema and home media distribution, as well as on horror cinema.

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Joe Hickinbottom

Joe Hickinbottom completed his PhD on the cult reputation of Takashi Miike at the University of Exeter. His research interests include Japanese film and cult film.

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