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States Of Terror: Contemporary Horror In World Cinema.


City Screen Dark Logo CMYK-1We’re very excited to be able to offer a six-week film course investigating the contemporary horror film. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 25 October to 29 November at 7.30.

From Hollywood to Europe to Asia, the horror film is thriving. With recent international hits like It Follows (2014), The Babadook (2014), Big Bad Wolves (2013), Painless (2012), The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears (2013) and Flu (2013), filmmakers in countries as diverse as USA, Australia, Israel, Spain, France, Japan, Hong Kong, India and South Korea are using the horror genre to address the fears and anxieties of their cultures. In this six-week course we investigate contemporary horror cinema around the globe. By focusing on a different national cinema each week, we look at what terrifies the people of these nation states and ways in which horror crosses over to international audiences. With film clips and discussion, the course will explore the genre’s unique capacity to break cultural boundaries and speak to social, political and personal anxieties in a world-cinema context.


Each session includes a presentation/lecture followed by a tutorial in which discussion is encouraged. Advance viewing is optional; select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions.

Course tutor Jon Towlson is a film critic for Starburst Magazine and the author of Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present (McFarland & Co, 2014); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Constellations) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936 (McFarland & Co, 2016)

Cost for the full course is £45 full / £43 concs / £40 Members and can be booked in person at City Screen, by phone (0871 902 5726), or online at


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