Dracula in the Avant-Garde, or, How Jess Franco got into MOMA Thumbnail

Dracula in the Avant-Garde, or, How Jess Franco got into MOMA

Posted by Glenn Ward on April 10, 2014 in Blog, Glenn Ward, Guest Blog tagged with , ,

In this blog I use the gothic sexploitation specialist Jess Franco as a case study in the vexed issue of cultural hierarchy. This is a large topic for a small space, but my central interest is Franco’s frequent brushes with legitimate, high-brow and arthouse cinema. Whether you regard his flirtations with reputability as sincere, tongue-in-cheek or opportunistic may depend on your cultural politics as well as on which part of which version of which film you are watching. Even then, the generally ragged quality of the films makes Franco’s position on elite culture difficult to establish and

‘Man, it was a Wild Scene’:  Venus in Furs and the spectral object of desire Thumbnail

‘Man, it was a Wild Scene’: Venus in Furs and the spectral object of desire

Posted by Glenn Ward on April 09, 2014 in Blog, Glenn Ward tagged with , , ,

I would like to use my blogs  to look at the filmmaker Jesús Franco Manera, more commonly known as Jess Franco (1930 - 2013). The prolific Franco worked in several genres, but the films I will write about here are wayward combinations of (sometimes supernatural) horror and eroticism situated somewhere between low-budget exploitation and art cinema. Most of Franco’s better known works fall into the hybrid category of sex-and-horror cinema popular in Europe during the 1960s and ‘70s, with promising titles like Kiss Me Monster (1967), She Kills in Ecstasy (1970) and Virgin among the Liv

Lates issue of Journal of Le Fanu Studies now Available online. Thumbnail

Lates issue of Journal of Le Fanu Studies now Available online.

Posted by Dale Townshend on April 03, 2014 in News tagged with

The latest issue of the free online journal Le Fanu Studies is up on the site, and may be found here

Characula, the ‘Monster Mol’, releases disturbing new video Thumbnail

Characula, the ‘Monster Mol’, releases disturbing new video

Posted by Dale Townshend on April 03, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

Soul sucking, tarantula munching she-demon does the erotically charged ‘Mummy Dance’ (Photography by Martin Julian CSC/Sunnyland Pictures) Defying explanation and categorisation, Characula is a horror rock goddess with a difference. Currently living in Southern California, she is neither vampire, nor werewolf, mummy nor any other creature known from myth and folklore. Part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, she-demon Characula is an entity to behold –and hear! When she’s not devouring tarantulas or sucking the souls from the anciently departed, Characula has built herself

Funded PhD Studentship at the University of Lincoln: Gothic: Literary Travel and Tourism Thumbnail

Funded PhD Studentship at the University of Lincoln: Gothic: Literary Travel and Tourism

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 28, 2014 in News tagged with

Project ReferenceRIF2014S-04 This studentship offers the opportunity to work with Professor Lucie Armitt on a contemporary literature project in the field of Gothic, Travel and Tourism. The precise topic for the dissertation will be decided in discussion with the successful applicant, but it is anticipated that the PhD will focus upon one or more of the following areas in conjunction with literary study: monumental Gothic architecture (castles, cathedrals, prisons, workhouses; the city ghost tour; high-rise living and the uncanny); ‘faux-Gothic’ tourism (theme park Gothic; Hotel Gothic;

THE HORROR! THE FEAR! Or how to kill a woman in 10000 different ways: L.Paulais, Paula Maxa, the Princess of Horror and the world of violent entertainment Thumbnail

THE HORROR! THE FEAR! Or how to kill a woman in 10000 different ways: L.Paulais, Paula Maxa, the Princess of Horror and the world of violent entertainment

Posted by Tanja Jurković on March 18, 2014 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , , , ,

Introducing the prominent French horror theatre in my previous post gave me the opportunity to write about everything connected to the theme of this interesting theatre and its gore representations, as well as the theme of horror in general.  Many enthusiasts brought together around this legendary venue over the years became experts in the field and prepared the foundations for the next generations and the evolution of their talent. One of the most important individuals, when we are talking about the Grand-Guignol, were the actors who brought everyday horrors to life with their exquisite pe

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Jokerbats: Goth Music with a Parodic Twist

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 28, 2014 in News tagged with ,

Byron and Trix make up the band ‘Jokerbats’ – like the White Stripes of hard rock. Their new single ‘Vampire’ is due for release on the 24th February and can be previewed below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s5DnwlzNbQ&feature=youtu.be Website. But before you listen, you should be introduced into their world as it’s not for the faint hearted... Welcome to EvilZgate, a fictional land of castles, heavy mists and dark mystery fraught by warfare between the evil ‘Demoncock Corporation’ who aim to monopolise the music market with heartless talent shows fighting

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Through the Looking-Screen

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 28, 2014 in Blog, Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

My perception of screens (movie, television, phone, etc.) has changed considerably since the beginning of the new millennium. After watching the Japanese film Ringu (1999) by Hideo Nakata, the TV screen ceased to be merely the reflective surface of a familiar machine; it became a portal through which communication between the world of the living and the dead was possible. Although I had been an avid consumer of horror films since I was a little kid, movies such as the excellent Poltergeist (1982) by Tobe Hooper or Videodrome (1983) by David Cronenberg —films in which the screen also becomes

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(New) Land(s) of the Dead

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 24, 2014 in Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

Cubans can be proud of their cigars, the rhythm of their son, and, most recently, for cultivating the first (and probably only) zombie-killing delivery system, with services provided by a troupe of four ne’er-do-wells under the command of the eponymous Juan. These particular sets of characters give body to the movie Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead 2011) by Alejandro Brugués, marking the Cuban debut into zombie cinematography and geography. This movie – like other Latin American films such as Vampires in Habana (1985 by Juan Padrón) and Celestino and the vampire (2003 by Radamés S

Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays, edited by Jarlath Killeen. Thumbnail

Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays, edited by Jarlath Killeen.

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 20, 2014 in News tagged with

Bram Stoker Centenary essays Jarlath Killeen, editorDespite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of a host of academic studies of the novel in which this vampire first appeared, Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in darkness, and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored. This collection addresses this large gap. The main aim of the collection is to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker’s writing, from his other Gothic novels, The lair