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)
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. Diegesis in The Wicker Man. Some of the music assessed in the last section raised further questions besides their thematic and narrative content. Though this element was an important part of the analysis, another aspect almost appeared to be ignored; that of the diegesis of such performances. … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 5 (The Wicker Man’s Diegesis).
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Narrative Functionality. "Significantly, both for The Jazz Singer and the musical genre as a whole, much of the film's meaning is encoded in its music..." (Mundy, p.46, 1999). The music of The Wicker Man, while having few boundaries in terms of the effect of its various functions on its … Continue reading The Music of Folk Horror – Part 4 (The Wicker Man’s Narrative Functionality).
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).
In contrast to other cineastes that I follow online, I really don't get out that much. While so many excellent film writers seem to be able to see every relevant new release as it comes (even before if they're lucky enough to have time and money to get thoroughly into the festival circuit), it's actually … Continue reading 2013 in Film.
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.
The sub-genre of Folk Horror is possibly the oddest mixture of ideals and ideas ever to join in the world of cinema. Trying to envision a genre taking best aspects from Folk tradition and mix it with the scary and disturbing edges of Horror can be difficult to imagine. However, amongst this small group of films, … Continue reading The Wicker Man – Robin Hardy (1973)