Film studies, Literature

The Continuing Relevance of Mr Freedom

When I wrote my book on William Klein's Mr. Freedom (1969), I was mostly interested in the way it related to the American cinematic tradition. Although I did try to show how the film arose from a broader narrative history – including literature and poetry – my focus was on how it helps us understand … Continue reading

Film studies

“Superschlock!” – The Extremity of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978)

In a new book in Auteur’s ‘Devil’s Advocates’ series, author Jon Towlson explores the excesses of George A. Romero’s zombie masterpiece Dawn of the Dead. After the 1979 Dallas Film Festival screening of Dawn of the Dead at the Bob Hope Theatre on Southern Methodist University Campus, George A. Romero was accosted by a group … Continue reading

Film studies, Literature, science fiction

‘We all died more times than I can count.’ Reincarnation, Social Mobility and the Multiverse in the Netflix Originals Series The OA

David Sweeney discusses the Netflix Originals Series, The OA, in the context of reincarnation, social mobility and the multiverse, as well as questions that arose following the series. Death is not the end for Prairie Johnson in the Netflix Originals TV series The OA (2016-19); rather it creates the opportunity for her to travel to … Continue reading

Film studies

Kids These Days: Twenty-First Century Horror and Alice Lowe’s Prevenge

Andrew Graves discusses how horror films are reflective of the time in which they are produced whilst delving into twenty-first century horror and its implications on Prevenge. Let’s face it, with its rapid decline into idiocy, violent division and plague the twenty-first century thus far has been about as much fun as latter stage syphilis. … Continue reading

Film studies

Cape Fear: Rob Daniel investigates how Scorsese’s style and preoccupations transform his version into a horror epic

Rob Daniel introduces his new publication Cape Fear. Daniel offers a full reappraisal of Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear (1991) as it reaches its 30th anniversary. When telling friends I was writing a study of Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear (1991) for the Devil’s Advocates series, many responded with congratulations, then a question: “Is Cape Fear a horror film?” … Continue reading