The Modern British Horror Film (Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture)

November 28, 2020
The Modern British Horror Film (Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture)

When you think of British horror films, you might picture theclassic Hammer Horror movies, with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing,and blood in lurid technicolor. Yet British horror has undergone anastonishing change and resurgence in the twenty-first century, withfilms that capture instead the anxieties of post-Millennialviewers. Tracking the revitalization of the British horror film industryover the past two decades, media expert Steven Gerrard alsoinvestigates why audiences have flocked to these movies. To answerthat question, he focuses on three major trends: “hoodie horror”movies responding to fears about Britain’s urban youth culture;“great outdoors” films where Britain’s forests, caves, and coastscomprise a terrifying psychogeography; and psychological horrormovies in which the monster already lurks within us. Offering in-depth analysis of numerous films, including TheDescent, Outpost, and The Woman in Black,this book takes readers on a lively tour of the genre’s highlights,while provocatively exploring how these films reflect viewers’gravest fears about the state of the nation. Whether you are ahorror buff, an Anglophile, or an Anglophobe, The Modern BritishHorror Film is sure to be a thrilling read.