At the time of writing this, my book on Folk Horror is a few weeks away from being printed. By the time you read this, however, it should be available to buy. I've written about the detail of the book earlier when it was due to be published late last year. However, I wanted to … Continue reading Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange
As recently announced, I have a book being released in January all about Folk Horror and its many related areas of interest. The book has been in the works for the last year or so though many of the arguments within have been growing now for several years. Though I'll undoubtedly being doing the usual … Continue reading Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (January, 2017)
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) - Duality Through Sound and Vision. Jaromil Jireš' Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) is a cornucopia of images and sound. Its vision is of a complex blossoming of sexuality amidst the visual and thematic realisations of a Freudian dreamscape, driven primarily by the lack of understanding and … Continue reading Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound and Vision (Part 1).
This article was originally a paper presented at Queens University Belfast at the first Folk Horror Conference on Friday the 19th of September 2014. Introduction/Thesis. Folk horror is a strange form of media. It has a craving for the need to be defined and canonised whilst also being a sub-genre which seems inherently intuitive, especially … Continue reading The Folk Horror Chain.
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Conclusions From the analysis of only a handful of British folk horror films, it has been shown that they rely heavily on their music in order to achieve their full cinematic effect. Altman states the following when discussing genre theory: "Constantly opposing … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 8 (Conclusions).
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Musical Anachronisms - Naturally and Overtly. "Let's just say there aren't many films set in the reign of William and Mary in which the devil rebuilds his body by harvesting the skin of children..." (Gatiss, 2010, BBC). To address the presence of musical … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 7 (Musical Anachronisms).
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Musical Avant-Garde and Overt Anachronisms in Blood on Satan's Claw (1971). "I think the other thing that appealed to me was the rural setting. The nooks and crannies of woodland, the edges of fields the ploughing, the sense of soil was something I tried to … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 6 (Blood on Satan’s Claw).
Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968) has so many obvious visual qualities that it can sometimes be easy to overlook its highly original and thematically motivated use of music. Anderson's films are littered with all sorts of aural qualities though often tended to be more overt in his trilogy of Mick Travis films, the other two instalments … Continue reading The Music of If…. (1968, Lindsay Anderson).
Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony. He despiseth the creatures of the calm, The many men, so beautiful! And they all dead did lie: And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on; and so did I. - Samuel Taylor … Continue reading For Those In Peril (Paul Wright, 2013) – The Reality of Lore.
Two writers who could be said to epitomise the ideas of Folk Horror, M.R. James and Nigel Kneale, while addressing these ideals through different media, are writers whose work often crept into the same realm. This has lead to both of their work having a natural relationship with each other, with one almost being a … Continue reading An Ancient Evil: M.R. James and Nigel Kneale.