I’d like to thank James Dixon and Lorna Richardson for inviting me to discuss archaeology and folk horror in HELLEBORE at the 5th Public Archaeology Twitter Conference. I’ve compiled all the tweets from my presentation in this post for easier reading.
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In the summer of 1816, a group of Romantic writers (Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Willian Polidori) gathered in a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and told each other ghost stories. These are some of the films inspired by the events.
Guillermo del Toro is a self-confessed fan of the Gothic Romance. I spoke to him about early influences and the pleasures and pains of reviving the genre on screen.
Guillermo del Toro described his recent film Crimson Peak as a “classic Gothic Romance”, a subgenre that has been consigned to oblivion for nearly four decades. But what is Gothic Romance, what makes it different to horror and why did it fall into obscurity?
Old-fashioned, eerie and subtle. These are my favourite ghost films.
A tribute to Paul Naschy, the Spanish Lon Chaney, who dedicated his life to dignifying a genre vilified by Franco and his censors.