11 September 2018
11 November 2018
Dr Darren Elliott-Smith
In partnership with The Odyssey cinema in St Albans, the School of Humanities is proud to introduce a new adult evening course focusing on the history and pleasures of the horror genre in film.
Horror is one of the most easily recognisable yet diverse film genres that is often stigmatised, yet widely revered. Horror films may well entertain, titillate and shock audiences, yet they deal with so much more. They deal with social taboos , represent our unconscious desires, critique political shifts all the while engaging our senses in the filmic equivalent of a roller-coaster ride, where we can experience horror at a seemingly safe distance.
The course will include a study of a history of horror ranging across: silent horror film; Universal and RKO's Hollywood horrors (Cat People (1942)); British heritage horror (The Wicker Man (1973)); sociopolitical American nightmares of the 60s/70s (Last House on the Left (1972)); body horrors in the 80s (The Thing (1982)); Asian Extreme horror (Audition (1999)) and the recent resurgence of 'elevated' or 'prestige' horror in the modern digital era (Get Out (2017)).
Led by horror film academic, Dr Darren Elliott-Smith, this short course taster session takes the form of a clip-led discussion of significant directors, key films, analysis of hair-raising film techniques and will provide an introduction to the study of film language and style.
The course is conducted in a sociable, relaxed and informal setting and includes reading materials, example clips and discussion-led learning with no previous Film or Media Studies knowledge needed.
Course fees includes three taught sessions on selected Wednesdays (26/9/2018, 10/10/2018, 24/10/2018), entrance to three specially selected films at The Odyssey (The Thing (1982); Carrie (1976) and Night of the Demon (1957).
To book contact Dr Darren Elliott-Smith or Anna Shepherd. Places are limited so book it is advisable to book as soon as possible.
The Odyssey, 166 London Rd, St Albans, AL1 1PQ