Film studies

Psycho and Peeping Tom, why was one revered and the other reviled?

From Auteur's Devil's Advocates series, Peeping Tom charts the 1960 film's origins, production and devastating critical reception. In this blog post, author Kiri Bloom Walden compares Peeping Tom to its contemporary horror classic, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In 1960 two ground-breaking films by two famous British directors were released. One ultimately became a huge success, … Continue reading

Film studies

John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966)

New to Auteur's Constellations series, Seconds explores John Frankenheimer's criminally overlooked monolith of paranoia, part science fiction, part body horror, part noir thriller cum black comedy. In this blog post authors Jez Conolly and Emma Westwood reflect on their study of the 1966 film. Writing a book about John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, arguably Hollywood’s bleakest ever film, was always going … Continue reading

Film studies, Journals

Science Fiction Film & Television: special issue exploring the boundaries between science fiction studies and game studies – free to read interviews

Out now Science Fiction Film & Television Volume 14.2, a special issue exploring the boundaries between science fiction studies and game studies, guest edited by Darshana Jayemanne and Cameron Kunzelman. Including interviews free to read for three months. 

Film studies

Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt – In Conversation with Diane Negra

New from Auteur, Shadow of a Doubt redresses the deficit of sustained critical attention paid to Hitchcock’s 1943 film, the one that he at various times identified as his favourite and his best. In this blog post we spoke to author Diane Negra to discuss the milestone film and her important study. What drew you … Continue reading

Film studies, News

The Horrible History of Devil’s Advocates

By John Atkinson The origin of the Devil’s Advocates series lies in an editorial hunch. I had been running Auteur for about 10 years, mainly publishing for the pre-HE Film and Media studies audience. I was becoming aware that the horror film was dramatically increasing in popularity as an option in HE, and even at … Continue reading