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Cinema’s First Vampires: Theodor and Leo Wharton’s The Mysteries of Myra and Alexander Korda’s Mágia Thumbnail

Cinema’s First Vampires: Theodor and Leo Wharton’s The Mysteries of Myra and Alexander Korda’s Mágia

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Vampire: ‘a preternatural being of malignant nature (in the original and usual form of the belief, a re-animated corpse), supposed to seek nourishment, or do harm, by sucking the blood of sleeping persons; a  man or woman abnormally endowed with similar habits.’ OED In searching for the cinema’s first vampires, it is wise to go back to basics. Though we might identify unnatural longevity, castles, bats and an aversion to sunlight and stakes with vampirism, it is clear that the consumption of blood is a decisive factor yet it is significant that the  above description stops short of

And never look in to my eyes; Gothic Surrealism in La Belle et la Bête (1946) Thumbnail

And never look in to my eyes; Gothic Surrealism in La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Posted by Stephanie Gallon on October 26, 2015 in Blog, Stephanie Gallon tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The term ‘surréaliste’, or surrealist, was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire in 1917 in response to Jean Cocteau’s ballet Parade. It meant to Apollinaire ‘an attempt to reach beyond the limits of the “real”’ (Baldick, 2008: 324). In looser terms, surrealist is to describe something as imaginative but bizarre. Much of Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête fits in to this definition. The palace itself is an isolated and dark place, very much fitting in to the Gothic tradition. There are disembodied hands to act as servants though Belle calls them ‘invisible’. They hold t

Review: Richard Nowell (ed.) Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema Thumbnail

Review: Richard Nowell (ed.) Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema

Posted by Matt Foley on February 04, 2015 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , ,

Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema. Edited by Richard Nowell New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-6235-6420-9 Reviewed by Ann Davies Richard Nowell’s introduction to this collection of essays is subtitled ‘There’s Gold in Them There Chills’, a phrase which summarises the common thread that unites the essays: the Gothic and horror as industry and money-making opportunity. This reflects the increasing academic interest in film production and industry more widely in Film Studies, but is in any case a different approach from the usual tendency to analyse horror fil

March Films Thumbnail

March Films

Posted by Kelly Gardner on March 06, 2013 in News, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

February was a stellar month for horror movies fans. The month of love saw romance outnumbered by its darker cousin and while there are fewer gothic releases in March, one or two of the listed films should be enough to see you through the month. The Bay Directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Diner, Sleepers and Rain Man) and written by Michael Wallach, The Bay is a documentary styled ecological horror that sees chaos ensue after the water of a small Maryland town is found to contain a high level of toxicity. This toxicity is a mutant breed of the parasite Cymothoa exigua (t