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FrightmaresA History of British Horror Cinema$
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Ian Cooper

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780993071737

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.001.0001

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Soft Sex, Hard Gore and the ‘Savage Seventies’

Soft Sex, Hard Gore and the ‘Savage Seventies’

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(p.115) Chapter 4: Soft Sex, Hard Gore and the ‘Savage Seventies’
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Frightmares
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Ian Cooper

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0005

This chapter discusses how horror films of the 70's are grounded in a specific social context of the time. It describes 1970s Britain as a breeding ground for violent horror fantasies, with terrorist bombings, strikes, power cuts, rising crime and the growth of the far right permeating the political atmosphere of the time. The chapter discusses a number of major films of the early 1970s that reflected this grim climate. Some of the works mentioned include Horror Hospital, Shockers, and The Fiend. The chapter then discusses the works of Alfred Hitchcock and how his films sum up the British fascination with murder, kinky sex and sleaze. It discusses the works of Pete Walker and describes him as an underrated director. The chapter then talks about Norman J. Warren and how he became a cult favorite. The chapter also discusses the decline of the period gothic film. It describes the period gothic as an expensive tradition and how this was undoubtedly one of the reasons behind the proliferation of contemporary gothic horrors.

Keywords:   violent horror, horror films, 1970s, Alfred Hitchcock, Pete Walker, Norman J. Warren, cult, period gothic film, murder, sex

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