Four Horror films in four weeks.

In four weeks I have seen four horror films at the cinema (five, if you include Fifty Shades of Black). They are, in viewing order: The Forest, The Other Side of the Door, The Witch and The Boy. 

          For all but The Witch, hopes were not high; mainly because contemporary horror just doesn’t seem to be doing anything interesting, with a small number of exceptions. Although, regardless of genre, I was not looking forward to any film carried by The Walking Dead’s Lori. Quiet… Quiet… Bang! is the formula for jump scares, which are the essence of nearly all modern horror movies e.g Unfriended, the Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises and basically everything else. Half of the films watched over the last four weeks follow this trend. Continue reading “Four Horror films in four weeks.”

On Hangmen


Directed by Matthew Dunster and written by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Hangmen at the Royal Court Theatre brings a new meaning to the term ‘swinging sixties’. A witty, dark, contemporary drama that descends steadily into savagery and hilarity. David Morissey, of Walking Dead fame, shines in his role as number two Hangman in all of England. Harry (Morissey) must come to terms with more modern times as abolition takes effect.

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On Henry Jenkins, Audiences and Participatory Culture

Henry Jenkins’ essay, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?: Digital Cinema, Media Convergence and Participatory Culture aims to provide a different perspective on fan appropriation and media transformation. Jenkins outlines how ‘too often’ these things are ‘marginalised or exoticised’, the common assumption being that anyone spending time or energy creating ‘products of mass culture’ must have ‘too much time on their hands’ or ‘something wrong with them’. Jenkins, alternatively, treats media fans as ‘active participants within the current media revolution’ and treats their cultural products as an ‘important aspect of the digital cinema movement’. He correlates the multitude of Star Wa Continue reading “On Henry Jenkins, Audiences and Participatory Culture”