European horror cinema

Course Dates: 23/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jon Wisbey

Explore European horror cinema from its beginnings to the present day, looking at its history, themes, key directors and the ways in which it has often offered audiences a more challenging experience of the genre.


What is the course about?

European horror cinema as a distinct form, differentiated from the American horror film (for example), with a distinct set of styles, themes and traditions.

Suggested viewing (many of the following films will feature on the course):
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Golem (1920), Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922), Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922), Waxworks (1924), Vampyr (1932), Les Diaboliques (1955), Black Sunday (1960), Eyes Without a Face (1960), Blood and Black Lace (1963), Daughters of Darkness (1971), The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (1974), The Tenant (1976), Suspiria (1977), The Beyond (1981), The Vanishing (1988), Funny Games (1997), Nightwatch (2004), The Orphanage (2007), [REC] (2007), Time Crimes (2007), Martyrs (2008), Let the Right One In (2008), Troll Hunter (2010), Raw (2016).

What will we cover?

• Key films in European horror cinema
• Key filmmakers in European horror cinema (e.g., Mario Bava and Dario Argento)
• European horror cinema and genre
• Themes in European horror cinema
• Critical responses to European horror cinema.

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

• List and evaluate key films and filmmakers in European horror cinema
• Evaluate a range of themes in European horror cinema
• Evaluate European horror cinema and the concept of genre
• Evaluate European horror cinema within a critical framework.

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

The course is suitable for all levels. It will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on exiting knowledge. You do not need any particular skills but the course will involve some reading.

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.

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?

Please look for Film Studies courses in the prospectus under Humanities and on the web under History, Culture and Writing at

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Book your place

Course Code: HF019

Sat, day, 23 Feb - 23 Feb '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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