2014 April

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 a

‘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 a r