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Adam Scovell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325239

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325239.001.0001

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‘Sumer-Is-Icumen-In’: Modern Folk Horror

‘Sumer-Is-Icumen-In’: Modern Folk Horror

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(p.165) Chapter 6 ‘Sumer-Is-Icumen-In’: Modern Folk Horror
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Folk Horror
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Adam Scovell

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325239.003.0006

This chapter assesses the recent resurgence of Folk Horror in a variety of media. It highlights Robert Eggers' horror film The Witch (2015), not simply because the film has managed to put folklorically psychological material back into the cinematic mainstream, but because it can actually be seen as the high point of a period of new films, television, and music re-exploring Folk Horror as a form that started at the beginning of the new millennium. This resurgence in all things Folk Horror, from delving into familiar thematic territory, remaking older examples, or even just generally rediscovering long-lost relics from its more dominant period, has a number of contributing factors. Arguably, it has two chief specific outcomes: work that reflects nostalgia, whether effectively subverting it (hauntologically) or succumbing to the past visions of Folk Horror's primary era, to produce referential work; and using certain thematic traces within the inner workings of Folk Horror to assess current political issues and even reflect on the parallels of the political climate from the period of 1970s Britain in particular. With the ubiquity of technology and the internet, Folk Horror has entered a new realm but it is one that at first seems contrary to its potential causational factors.

Keywords:   Folk Horror, Robert Eggers, The Witch, nostalgia, political issues, political climate, 1970s Britain, internet

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