As an intervention in conversations on transnationalism, film culture and genre theory, this book theorises transnational genre hybridity – combining tropes from foreign and domestic genres – as a way to think about films through a global and local framework. Taking the British horror resurgence of the 2000s as case study, genre studies are here combined with close formal analysis to argue that embracing transnational genre hybridity enabled the boom; starting in 2002, the resurgence saw British horror film production outpace the golden age of British horror. Yet, resurgence films like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead had to reckon with horror’s vilified status in the UK, a continuation of attitudes perpetuated by middlebrow film critics who coded horror as dangerous and Americanised. Moving beyond British cinema studies’ focus on the national, this book also presents a fresh take on long-standing issues in British cinema, including genre and film culture.
In theorizing transnational genre hybridity, this book brings a new perspective to the practice of transnational cinema studies and contributes to the ongoing reconsideration of the potential meanings of the term and its application in film studies.
This book reveals the importance of film culture as a key site generating discourse regarding transnationalism and genre—discourse that shapes filmmaking and thus can be usefully mined for insights by scholars of transnational cinema, horror and other so-called low culture genres, and national cinemas like British cinema, wherein there is significant overlap between industry personnel, critics, and government funding bodies.
This book presents horror studies scholars with a new approach to both horror’s status as culturally-debased “bad object” and the genre hybridity that has been taken as simply a feature of postmodern filmmaking. This area of scholarship has long primarily focused on national anxieties.
Lindsey Decker is a Master Lecturer of International Film Studies, in the Department of Film & Television at Boston University.
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