The Music of Folk Horror – Part 2 (Folk Horror Chain and Witchfinder General).

Part 1. Thematic Material of the Folk Horror Chain. "Grendel was the name of this grim demon, haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts." (Heaney, p.6, 1999). Though … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 2 (Folk Horror Chain and Witchfinder General).

An Ancient Evil: M.R. James and Nigel Kneale.

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.

Village Green Repression in Film, Television and Philip Larkin.

Mythological Introduction by Philip Larkin. A white girl lay on the grass With her arms held out for love; her goldbrown hair fell down her face, And her two lips move: See, I am the whitest cloud that strays Through a deep sky: I am your senses' crossroads, where the four seasons lie. She rose … Continue reading Village Green Repression in Film, Television and Philip Larkin.

X The Unknown – Leslie Norman (1956)

Following on from Hammer’s The Quatermass Xperiment, the company continued their desire for rating incorporated titles with 1956’s X The Unknown. It may perhaps hold the most unimaginative of Hammer’s titles but the film itself has some surprisingly good moments. The story follows an extremely similar route to its predecessor but certain tweaks allow more … Continue reading X The Unknown – Leslie Norman (1956)

The Mummy – Terence Fisher (1959)

Having hit gold with their adaptations of Universal classic horrors Frankenstein (Curse of Frankenstein, 1957) and Dracula (Horror of Dracula, 1958), Hammer delved further into the back catalogue of monsters and villains in its 1959 production, The Mummy.  Unlike the previous two adaptations, this one seems relatively similar to its Universal predecessor in tone and … Continue reading The Mummy – Terence Fisher (1959)

Plague of the Zombies – John Gilling (1966)

Hammer’s output from 1958 can roughly be categorised into three separate entities.  The first two are relatively obvious with Frankenstein and general vampire action but the third seems to cover a multitude of different themes and monsters.  Plague of the Zombies (1966) is one of these films that veered away from the usual Hammer tropes … Continue reading Plague of the Zombies – John Gilling (1966)