Eerie shadows bouncing off walls and a nod to enchanting Victorian entertainment styles made for a wickedly innovative version of Dracula at South Hill Park on Friday.
Stephen King’s horror novel is set in Colorado and there’s a hotel there called The Stanley that claims to be the inspiration – it even shows the film version starring Jack Nicholson on a loop in the rooms. But film fans and certain taxi drivers argue otherwise and maintain that the real inspiration was Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.
If poet and tale-teller deluxe Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) were to materialize in 2013 America, wouldn’t he be tickled over the popularity of the “Twilight” movies, “Dexter” and “American Horror Story.”
As one of the many new Autumn shows to grace our television screens this year, FOX’s revamping of Washington Irving’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is immensely enjoyable, without sticking altogether too closely to the source material that inspired it. The first set of clues? It includes a disgruntled British time traveler and the horseman galloping off at the end of the Pilot episode clutching an A-K 47. Not exactly the cauterised axe swinging horseman that you may have been expecting, but in my opinion, it adds a brilliant modern twist to an already gripping story.Of course, adaptations of this popular classic are nothing new, what with Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow springing instantly to mind in a very gothic, candlelit sort of way, but here the similarities end in comparison to the new FOX show.
Gavin Callaghan’s Dark Arcadia is a capable and engaging critical treatment of the weird fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. He brings an interesting combination of methods to this material. Recognizing Lovecraft’s professed interest in classical literature, he examines the allusions to antiquity and the possibility of satirical method in HPL’s stories. As a complementary tactic, he invokes psychoanalytic appraisals of Lovecraft’s authorial motives (strongly indulging Jungian approaches) to account for significant tropes in his output.
The mystery of how Charles Dickens forced a London hospital to make changes in the way it treated the dead has been unravelled.
A NEW season of films at The Courtyard in Hereford aims to introduce a new generation to gothic horror after securing £8,000 in funding from the British Film Institute to programme a season of events and screenings to celebrate classic Gothic cinema.