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

  • January 2021 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

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

About The Book

The taste for horror is arguably as great today as it has ever been. Since the turn of the millennium, the horror genre has seen various developments emerging out of a range of contexts, from new industry paradigms and distribution practices to the advancement of subgenres that reflect new and evolving fears. New Blood builds upon preceding horror scholarship to offer a series of critical perspectives on the genre since the year 2000, presenting a collection of case studies on topics as diverse as the emergence of new critical categories (such as the contentiously named ‘prestige horror’), new subgenres (including ‘digital folk horror’ and ‘desktop horror’) and horror on-demand (‘Netflix horror’), and including analyses of key films such as The Witch and Raw and TV shows like Stranger Things and Channel Zero. Never losing sight of the horror genre’s ongoing political economy, New Blood is an exciting contribution to film and horror scholarship that will prove to be an essential addition to the shelves of researchers, students and fans alike.


Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Horror 2020: Introducing New Blood - Eddie Falvey, Joe Hickinbottom, Jonathan Wroot
Part One: Framing Horror
1. Apprehension Engines: The New Independent ‘Prestige Horror’ - David Church
2. Hardcore Horror: Challenging the Discourses of ‘Extremity’ - Steve Jones
3. From Midnight Movies to Mainstream Excess: Cult Horror Festivals and the Academy - Xavier Mendik
Part Two: Horror Reception
4. A Master of Horror? The Making and Marketing of Takashi Miike’s Horror Reputation - Joe Hickinbottom
5. Bloody Muscles on VHS: When Asia Extreme Met the Video Nasties - Jonathan Wroot
6. Streaming Netflix Original Horror: Black Mirror,
Stranger Things and Datafied TV Horror - Matt Hills
Part Three: Emerging Subgenres
7. The digital gothic and the Mainstream Horror Genre: Uncanny Vernacular Creativity and Adaptation - Jessica Balanzategui
8. Nazi Horror, Reanimated: Rethinking Subgenres and Cycles - Abigail Whittall
9. Digital Witness: Found Footage and Desktop Horror as Post-cinematic Experience - Lindsay Hallam
Part Four: Horror in the World
10. Revisiting the Female Monster: Sex and Monstrosity in Contemporary Body Horror - Eddie Falvey
11. The Kids are Alt-right: Hardcore Punk, Subcultural Violence and Contemporary American Politics in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room - Thomas Joseph Watson
12. Twenty-first-century Euro-snuff: A Serbian Film for the Family - Neil Jackson

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Eddie Falvey

Eddie Falvey completed his AHRC-funded PhD on the early films of New York at the University of Exeter. He is currently Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art, and has research interests in film spectatorship, horror and reception studies.

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Author(s): 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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Author(s): Joe Hickinbottom

Joe Hickinbottom completed his AHRC-funded PhD on the cult reputation of Takashi Miike at the University of Exeter. His research interests include Japanese film, cult cinema and authorship.

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