January 18, 2019

On 9 February 2019 I will be leading a Study Day on Gothic Cinema at Saffron Screen.  In the morning I'll be giving an overview of Film Form and Gothic Cinema, and in the afternoon sessions looking at film adaptations of Dracula and Wuthering Heights.  I do hope y...

April 6, 2017

Last month I graduated with a MA in Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture from St Mary's University Twickenham. The University is next door to Strawberry Hill House, the Gothic home of Horace Walpole who wrote what is considered the first Gothic novel, The Castle...

January 3, 2017

My Top 10 Films of 2016 were...

Hail, Caesar!

Written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. 

Florence Foster Jenkins 

Directed by Stephen Frears

A Bigger Splash

Directed by Luca Guadagnino


Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Hunt for the Wilderpeople


August 10, 2016

Next month I will be giving a conference paper on films featuring plastic surgery which is part of my research for my MA in Gothic studies.

So far in my research I have watched 50+ films and half a dozen TV shows! (see list below)

As you can see they cover a wealth of ge...

November 10, 2015

In many of the reviews for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak critics made reference to Horace Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto as one of the film’s gothic inspirations.

So I thought I’d return to the novel that has been hailed as the founding father of this liter...

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