Conference on Horror Cinema
New Nightmares: April 3-4
MMU is staging an international conference on horror films.
The two-day New Nightmares event (April 3-4) will bring together academics to look at how horror films have changed over the past ten years.
Organiser Dr David Huxley, of MMUís art and design research institute, says the genre's popularity shows little sign of dying off - with at least one TV channel showing non-stop horror films, many of which bypass the cinema and go straight to TV.
"One of the things we try to address is why it continues to be so popular," he said. "People keep saying it will die out, but they keep being proved wrong.
"You get the thrill of being frightened in an entirely safe environment.
"There may not be the big run of horror films like the Nightmare on Elm Street and the Friday the Thirteenths, but there are still a lot of films being produced."
Forty speakers have been confirmed for the conference, which will look at issues such as psychoanalytical approaches to monsters and critical responses to movies - Dr Huxley will look at the changing `hero' figure in films.
He says horror has become more popular with women at the same time as more films have included female characters who kill off the monster and save the day.
Dr Huxley says that for years horror movies were a rite of passage for teenage boys and will argue that the `ladette' culture has extended this rite of passage to girls too.
Other speakers include:
Jay McRoy, University of Wisconsin
Julian Petley, Brunel University
Steffen Hantke, Sogang University
The conference organising committee is: Emily Brick and David Huxley for MMU, and Ben Halligan and Andy Willis for The University of Salford.
Further Details: www.miriad.mmu.ac.uk/visualculture/inc/newnightmares
1 April 2008