Tanja Jurkovic

All hail Final Girls! Review of The Monster (2016, Bertino) Thumbnail

All hail Final Girls! Review of The Monster (2016, Bertino)

Posted by Tanja Jurković on May 26, 2017 in Reviews, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with

  Usually when I need some sort of inspiration, I find a list of movies and randomly choose one based on the movie’s cover. I am using that somewhat overrated approach: if the cover looks good then it must be good! Of course, that is not always the case. Nevertheless, in the case of The Monster (2016, Bertino), it was. It was good. And quite enjoyable.  The film starts with a story of a divorced young mother (Zoe Kezino) and her preadolescent daughter (Ella Ballentine), who seems to have all the bad luck in her young life. She is not a child, she is forced

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015 Thumbnail

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015

Posted by Tanja Jurković on August 28, 2015 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

“More than just a literary or cinematic genre, medicine the lively Gothic mode informs our everyday lives as much as it eerily entertains it. Ghosts, store vampires, sublime landscapes and ancient castles are familiar images we love to celebrate during those candlelit hours which provide small comfort before dawn.” Gothic Showcase Website     A month ago, on July 18th 2015, Stirling became a place of an interactive exploratory experience of Gothic literature and culture for the first time, at the University of Stirling. This one - day event of lectures, workshops and exc

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

GRAND GUIGNOL (1897-1962): Introduction to Grand-Guignol, French Theatre of Horror Thumbnail

GRAND GUIGNOL (1897-1962): Introduction to Grand-Guignol, French Theatre of Horror

Posted by Tanja Jurković on January 29, 2013 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , ,

Many of you have probably heard the name Grand-Guignol, medical at least once during your lifetime. The legend that formed around this name came to life in 1897, when André Antoine, the founder of Théâtre Libre, started his collaboration with a certain Oscar Méténier, a former chien de commisaire (a person who accompanied prisoners on a death row). As Méténier witnessed people’s lives perishing into oblivion almost on a daily basis, he wrote down his experiences and observations regarding these particular events in his romans feuilletons, very often describing the fait divers, whic