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Johnny Walker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748689736

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689736.001.0001

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Nasty resurrections

Nasty resurrections

(p.38) 3. Nasty resurrections
Contemporary British Horror Cinema

Johnny Walker

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 3, in light of the broader international concerns outlined in the previous chapter, works towards locating cultural specificities within British horror at a time when it has drifted from its better known ‘English’ heritage. By considering the social and historical context during which many contemporary filmmakers grew up (namely, the late 1970s and 1980s), I reassess how recent British horror’s ‘heritage’ may be more immediate than we initially presume. To do this, I argue that several films responded to the typically negative British critical response to horror cinema (Petley 2002a), and, through textual analysis, argue that such films are products inspired by nostalgia for the video nasties panic of the 1980s. Through doing so, I consider how cultural specificity can be extracted from films by directors who not only have a passion for the horror film (that is, are self-confessed fans of the genre), but are also aware of how British horror (and horror in Britain) has been figured and derided within British culture.

Keywords:   Film, Film Studies, Horror, Horror Genre, British Cinema, British Film Production, European Cinema, Film Industry, Heritage, Video Nasties

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