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Feature Films : Bloody Blighty: The New Wave Of British Horror Cinema


Bloody Blighty: The New Wave Of British Horror CinemaThe British horror film has long been celebrated for its penchant towards character driven pieces that rely on strong ensemble performances and evocative atmosphere to bring credibility to even the loopiest of scenarios. The UK genre films of the 50’ and 60’s operated in stark contrast to their often light or campy American contemporaries, taking vampires, werewolves and the like into real-world, often working class environments, populated by wholly believable characters. These films seldom made light of their subjects and their lead performers, who regularly hailed from theater backgrounds, often lent the productions a quality that bordered on the Shakespearian.

Today’s new wave of UK genre filmmakers have upheld their country’s tradition for intelligent character-driven horror, fusing it with the visceral ferocity being seen in the current US crops. The results are often breathtaking, and several of this year’s UK genre films rank among the strongest works of their kind produced anywhere in the last 12 months. - Mitch Davis

Sponsored by the
British Council




Broken

Broken

Simon Boyes, Adam Mason
England 2006 | 110 min
English language
Descent, The

Descent, The

Neil Marshall
England 2005 | 99 min
English language
Duck Children

Duck Children

Sam Walker
England 2001 | 7 min
English language
Evil Aliens

Evil Aliens

Jake West
England 2005 | 92 min
English language
Isolation

Isolation

Billy O’Brien
Ireland 2005 | 95 min
English language
Living And The Dead, The

Living And The Dead, The

Simon Rumley
England 2006 | 84 min
English language
Wilderness

Wilderness

Michael J. Bassett
England 2006 | 110 min
English language
Worlds Of Wounded Clay: The Films Of Robert Morgan

Worlds Of Wounded Clay: The Films Of Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan
England 1997-2004 | 75 min
English language
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