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Horror Shorts

Posted by Matt Foley on January 19, 2013 in Blog tagged with , ,

While we are waiting for the guest blog series to get up and running again in February, I thought it might be a good opportunity to share some horror shorts, primarily for entertainment purposes, but also to showcase some of the films that have been getting attention online in recent times. It was the release of Mama that got me thinking about shorts given its genesis from the 2008 version, which is introduced by Guillermo Del Toro here: I was excited to discover, too, that over the last year or so the UK film company Bloody Cuts has been showcasing 13 horror shorts. I'll post this

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Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear to Make Sundance Debut

Posted by Matt Foley on January 17, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Continuing the unlikely trend set by Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead, a previous contributor to the naughties British Channel 4 drama Teachers is set to make a foray into the horror genre. Former Teachers director Jeremy Lovering will debut In Fear at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, having made the renowned festival's official selection, and perhaps hoping to secure a US release in the future. Interestingly, the poster does not contain a fear-ridden image of its up-and-coming star Alice Englert, but instead gives very little away....

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Andy Muschietti’s Mama

Posted by Matt Foley on January 16, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Fans of Guillermo del Toro will be aware that the Pan's Labyrinth director has recently put his (considerable) weight behind the release of Andy Muschietti's Mama. Muschietti's full length picture, which is based upon a 2008 short and co-written by his sister Barbara and Bristol screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther, Whistle and I'll Come to You), is set to be realised in the US on Friday (18th January) and in the UK in late February. An interesting interview with Del Toro and Muschietti, carried out by Eric Walkuski, can be found at Arrow In The Head. The film's trailer is here: watch?v=GZlY

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Guardian blog on King’s Different Seasons

Posted by Matt Foley on January 15, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

James Smythe of The Guardian today considers Stephen King's Different Seasons (1982): a collection of four novellas, two of which spawned the classic adaptations The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Stand By Me (1986). His blog is here.

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Hemlock Grove comes to Netflix

Posted by Matt Foley on January 14, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Netflix is set to release its original series Hemlock Grove this April. The series is produced by Eli Roth and stars Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. Early indications suggest that there may be a werewolf among the inhabitants of Hemlock. Empire magazine reports: Based on Brian McGreevy’s titular novel (and adapted by the writer himself alongside Roth), and Hemlock Grove is set in a small Pennsylvania steel town whose best years are long behind it. Now a weird, dilapidated place, the death of a 17-year-old girl prompts an investigation into the area’s dark secrets, seething with super

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News on Jekyll 2.0

Posted by Matt Foley on January 14, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

A unique re-working of  Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is in the making in Bristol. Jekyll 2.0, under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Mandal (University of Cardiff) and SlingShot, is set to provide "a pervasive media adaptation of Stevenson’s novel—a reclamation of Jekyll and Hyde‘s transgressive power and a reframing of its central themes for the age of the bio-hacker. Neither a game nor a story, Jekyll 2.0 is an adaptation of a classic literary book in order to explore whether ‘humanity’ is a stable and meaningful concept or simply a convenient constructi

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Sam Mendes and Skyfall writer John Logan to make new Gothic TV series

Posted by hollycuthbert on January 14, 2013 in News tagged with ,

Sam Mendes and John Logan are set to make Gothic television history with a new Penny Dreadful series for America’s Showtime. A ‘psychosexual’ drama set in Victorian London promises to bring us the Gothic greats, Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray among others. I can already hear the groan of some Gothic scholars at this highly predictable choice of characters for the series but with their popularity of over 100 years who are we to argue with that? The series, still in the early stages of creation, promises ‘visual spectacle’, ‘psychological insight’ and mesmerising televisio

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Careful, they bite: Dangerous Mouths in Gothic Texts

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Brown on December 22, 2012 in Guest Blog, Jennifer Brown, Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , , ,

Cannibals populate ancient myths, fairy tales, children’s literature, tales of survival, and lots of horror films. This preoccupation with orality is suggestive of the underlying warning in many Gothic urban cannibal tales – rapacity is monstrous. Hunger becomes more than a need for food, it becomes an expression of deep-seated desires for connections and of uneasiness with the modern condition. This is particularly evident in city narratives where isolation and anonymity lead to a sense of a fragmented existence and a deep need to create a sense of wholeness. Can these Gothic biters say something about modern isolation, urban anonymity, and the privileging of consumption in contemporary society?

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Twisted Tales Event: Serial Murder

Posted by Dale Townshend on December 20, 2012 in News tagged with

An evening exploring our dark fascination with this compulsive crime Featuring readings by award-winning, best-selling authors: Stuart MacBride: author of BIRTHDAYS FOR THE DEAD and the Logan McRae books, including his latest novel, CLOSE TO THE BONE Adam Nevill: author of APARTMENT 16, THE RITUAL and LAST DAYS Steve Mosby: author of STILL BLEEDING, BLACK FLOWERS and DARK ROOM Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A 6-7.30pm Friday 22nd February 2013 at Waterstones Liverpool One There will be a signing session after the event and the chance to meet the authors Tickets are FREE, but

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Eat me, drink me, love me: The dangers of eating in Gothic texts

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Brown on December 15, 2012 in Guest Blog, Jennifer Brown tagged with , , , ,

Uncontrollable appetite is repulsive and taboo. It reminds us of our animalistic selves and incites a level of horror and fascination that is relished in Gothic texts and by readers of the Gothic. Gothic texts accord a power to all things oral that suggests something much deeper and darker is going on in our dealings with what we put in our mouths.