Frightmares : A History of British Horror Cinema
The horror film reveals as much, if not more, about the British psyche as the heritage film or the social-realist drama. Yet British horror films have been critically ignored or maligned, with most studies concentrating on Hammer. British horror encompasses both celebrated auteurs, such as Hitchcock and Polanski, and opportunistic hacks. Frightmares is an in-depth analysis of the homegrown British horror genre, each chapter anchored by a close reading of two or more key titles as well as production history, marketing, and reception. The book considers thematic links, focusing on the origins of British horror and its foreign influences, such as the involvement of American International Pictures, notably their Vincent Price films, and other American filmmakers; the "savage Seventies"; and twenty-first-century British horror.