Putting the Brit into Eurohorror: Exclusions and Exchanges in the History of European Horror Cinema

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  • Peter Hutchings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-65
JournalFilm Studies
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jul 2016
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
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Abstract

British horror cinema is often excluded from critical work dealing with European horror cinema or, as it is frequently referred to, ‘Eurohorror’. This article argues that such exclusion is unwarranted. From the 1950s onwards there have been many exchanges between British and continental European-based horror production. These have involved not just international co-production deals but also creative personnel moving from country to country. In addition, British horror films have exerted influence on European horror cinema and vice versa. At the same time, the exclusion of British horror from the ‘Eurohorror’ category reveals limitations in that category, particularly its idealisation of continental European horror production.