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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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‘Bloody Foreigners’ – New Perspectives

‘Bloody Foreigners’ – New Perspectives

(p.151) Chapter 5: ‘Bloody Foreigners’ – New Perspectives

Ian Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the many contributions of foreign directors to the horror genre. It discusses the American auteur Andy Milligan, describing his work as uniquely, and ferociously individual. The chapter discusses how Milligan's British gothic horrors are especially noteworthy for the way he mines homegrown subjects for inspiration. It discusses the works of Roman Polanski, describing him as a major figure in post-war cinema. It discusses how he has made a series of highly personal, innovative genre films, that managed to achieve enormous critical and commercial success. The chapter next discusses Larraz whose string of horror films in Britain are notable for their self-conscious artiness and strange, elliptical narratives. It describes Larraz's films as having a striking consistency of style and theme with the narrative stripped-down, undeveloped and repetitive, events seeming to recur over and over again as if in a dream. Larraz's films push sex and slaughter to an extreme, which presents itself as yet another example of that popular notion in 1970s film and TV, that glamorous young women can't wait to have sex with really ugly men.

Keywords:   foreign directors, horror genre, Andy Milligan, Roman Polanski, post-war cinema, Jose Ramon Larraz, sex, slaughter, British gothic horrors

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