An introduction to the horror film

Course Dates: 22/05/21 - 29/05/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
This course introduces you to the genre's key themes, its major developments, and a range of critical perspectives on horror cinema. In doing so, we will view and discuss a variety of films and consider their various production contexts, including the Universal cycle of films in the 1930s, Hammer films of the 1950s/60s, American horror cinema since 1970, and recent East Asian horror cinema.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF021

Sat, day, 22 May - 29 May '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The history and development of the horror film.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The horror film and genre
• Themes in the horror film
• Major developments and phases in horror cinema
• Key producers and filmmakers in horror cinema and their respective approaches to style
• Critical responses to the horror film

Films discussed (tbc):
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919), Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922), The Golem (1920), Metropolis (1927), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Old Dark House (1932), Vampyr (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), Eyes Without a Face (1960), Black Sunday (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Exorcist (1973), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Carrie (1976), Suspiria (1977), Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979), Halloween (1978), The Evil Dead (1981), Ring (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Scream (1999), [REC] (2007),Let the Right One In (2008), Insidious (2010), Hereditary (2018)

Suggested reading:
Kim Newman, Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s, 2nd edition (Bloomsbury, 2011)
Paul Wells, The Horror Genre - from Beelzebub to Blair Witch (Wallflower, 2000).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Understand and evaluate the horror film as a genre
• Identify and evaluate a range of key themes in the horror film
• Identify and evaluate the major developments and phases in horror cinema
• Identify key producers and filmmakers in horror cinema and evaluate their respective approaches to style
• Evaluate a range of critical responses to the horror film.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might enhance your enjoyment of the course to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see viewing and suggested reading, above) but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other film studies courses at, culture and writing/film studies.

Jon Wisbey

Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.