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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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In the doghouse

In the doghouse

(p.59) 4. In the doghouse
Contemporary British Horror Cinema

Johnny Walker

Edinburgh University Press

In Chapter 4, I extend some of the issues surrounding fan filmmakers as discussed in the previous chapter, and deliberate the representation of masculinity and cult film fandom within a series of horror-comedy hybrids. Through acknowledgement of the ways in which cult film fandom has traditionally been gendered as ‘male’, and often as immature, crude and boyish, I draw parallels between recent horror-comedies that use these stereotypes as ironic self-critiques of the filmmakers’ themselves and their desired audience. I ultimately locate these films within discourses surrounding ‘New Lad’ culture of the 1990s, which has similarly been linked to contemporary cult film fandom (Hollows 2003; Read 2003). Through a discussion of themes, industry statistics and textual analysis, I show how films such as Shaun of the Dead, Doghouse and Lesbian Vampire Killers satirise the social marginality of laddish behaviour by placing fannish ‘New Lad’ types within a horror film environment, thus literalising many of the stereotypes that have figured within contemporary academic writing on cult film audiences.

Keywords:   Film, Film Studies, Horror, Cult Film, Horror-comedy, British Cinema, British Film Production, European Cinema, Film Industry, Lad Culture

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