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Introduction to Gothic Cinema

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The vampires, zombies, werewolves, mummies and madmen of the gothic tradition have overrun popular culture. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than on our cinema screens.

This course offers a concise yet thorough introduction to gothic cinema, covering key texts and movements from German Expressionism and Universal Horror to homespun Hammer and beyond. It will address key questions related to the complex nature of genre, the role of sexuality and the gothic’s ability to engage with national trauma.

By the end of the course you will have a comprehensive knowledge of gothic films, their cultural contexts and significance. We promise an intellectually stimulating, dark encounter with a number of generically seminal films, ranging from Hollywood super-productions to low-budget independents.

Beginners’ level.

Led by
Dr Linnie Blake, Director of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Principal Lecturer in Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Research Fellow in Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Course screenings

Wed 29 Oct, 18:15 – Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock/US 1940/131 mins/PG)
Wed 19 Nov, 18:15 – The Elephant Man (David Lynch/GB 1980/124 mins/PG)