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Emilio P. Miraglia, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, 1971

Euro Horror

31 Oct 2013

Euro Horror brings together film historians, programmers and academics to discuss this cinematic tradition, critical category and marketing label. This one-day event seeks to examine the critical intersections and interactions between various fields of cultural production – fan discourses, discourses of connoisseurship, academic discourses, spaces for dissemination – to map out a richer picture of the cultural history of Euro Horror, which more often interlocks with global histories of exploitation, sexploitation or psychotronic cinema. The event closes with a 35mm screening of La Notte che Evelyn usci dalla tomba / The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (Emilio P. Miraglia, 1971)

Speakers include film historian Jonathan Rigby, film genre programmer Josh Saco, Professor Peter Hutchings, Associate Professor Ian Olney, and Dr Antonio Lázaro-Reboll.

11am – Introduction

11.05am - From Caligari to [•REC]Jonathan Rigby, film historianThe development of Euro Gothic from the silent era to the 21st century.

11.50am - Euro Horror as Possession/Possession in Euro Horror Ian Olney, York College of PennsylvaniaThe ways in which Euro Horror upends the conventions of American Horror.

12.30pm - Lunch

1.30pm - Putting the Brit into Euro-Horror (and vice versa)Peter Hutchings, University of NorthumbriaThe connections between British Horror and Euro Horror.

2.25pm – A Psychotronic Encyclopedia, A Perfectionist’s Guide, and A European Trash Journal on Euro-Horror Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, University of KentThe role of alternative publications in shaping narratives of Euro Horror film.

3.20pm - Genre Film Exhibition and Rep Cinema Josh Saco, Cigarette Burns film programmerThe pitfalls and complexity of championing celluloid presentations in a world riddled with HD home entertainment centres.

4pm – Film Screening on 35mmLa Notte che Evelyn Uscì Dalla Tomba / The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (dir Emilio P. Miraglia, Italy 1971)


Jonathan Rigby is the author of English Gothic, American Gothic, and Studies in Terror, and acted as consultant on the BBC documentaries A History of Horror and Horror Europa.

Ian Olney is an Associate Professor of English at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Film Studies. He is the author of Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture, as well as numerous articles on European cinema and the horror film that have appeared in edited volumes like Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema, and journals like Quarterly Review of Film and Video.

Peter Hutchings is Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University. He is the author of Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film, Terence Fisher, The British Film Guide to Dracula, The Horror Film and The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema. He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on horror cinema, British film and television, science fiction cinema and television, and the thriller.

Antonio Lázaro-Reboll is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Spanish Horror Film, and the co-editor (with Mark Jancovich et al.) of Defining Cult Movies: The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste and (with Andrew Willis) of Spanish Popular Cinema.

Josh Saco has run Cigarette Burns Cinema for over 4 years, from humble pub beginnings he has programmed films in most of London's independent cinemas, screening Daughters of Darkness, Ms 45, Profondo Rosso, Milano Calibro 9, Matango, Death Line, Wolfen, and many more Euro Horror movies.

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