The Birth of Horror

Booking and contact information

01324 506850
For ages:All Ages
Price:£6.60 incl tea/coffee & cake

Event description

This illustrated talk will trace the love affair between silent film and the macabre, from Thomas Edison’s graphic 1895 Execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the collective Post Traumatic Stressin the aftermath of WWI that gave rise to German Expressionist nightmares like Dr Caligari (1920) and the vampire Nosferatu (1922).

In Britain the 1910s saw a growing fascination with Egyptian curses and spiritualism whilst the 1920s heralded the so called ‘spook era’ and uncovered the dark genius of the master himself: Alfred Hitchcock. Using an international selection of film clips we will examine the birth of Horror from the earliest films in 1895 to the coming of sound in 1929.

Laraine Porter is Senior Lecturer in Film at De Montford University and Director of the British Silent Film Festival. 1h 30m incl. Q&A

Performing live: Forrester Pyke (piano)

This event will be presented with BSL and electronic notetaking for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences

Supported by De Montford University, Leicester

**If you like this, try The Cat and the Canary screening on Saturday night


10 Hope Street
EH51 0AA

01324 506850