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Contemporary British Horror CinemaIndustry, Genre and Society$
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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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Heartless hoodies

Heartless hoodies

(p.85) 5. Heartless hoodies
Contemporary British Horror Cinema

Johnny Walker

Edinburgh University Press

The practice of stereotyping is also the focus of Chapter 5, which considers a cycle of films that are designed to elicit fear from media representations of the contemporary working classes. Through analysis of films in the ‘hoodie-horror’ cycle, which typically presented the youth of the white British underclass as feral and monstrous, I analyse the social context from which these films stemmed and examine how they tapped into current anxieties surrounding contemporary fears of British youth (an apparent groundswell in gang culture that culminated in the ‘August Riots’ of 2011).

Keywords:   Film, Film Studies, Horror, Working class stereotype, Hoodie-horror, British Cinema, British Film Production, European Cinema, Gang Culture

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