Faculty of Arts


Horror Media


"Horror Media" explores horror’s aesthetic, experiential and political dimensions, investigating why and how it has persisted as one of popular culture’s most vigorous and influential genres. It closely considers a range of classic and contemporary films, TV shows and video games, confronting questions of power, affect, mediation and representation.

How do "horror media" frame the body as a site of experience and object of discourse? How do they confront questions of social repression, conflict and identity? How can horror appear to function as one of popular culture’s most conservative genres, and at the same time, one of its most radical? And how do contemporary television and video games recycle and adapt horror cinema’s thematic concerns?

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the historical development of horror in cinema, television and digital media
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the key critical/theoretical debates that have surrounded the genre
  • Critically analyse selected horror texts, using the tools of close analysis
  • Contextualise selected horror texts, showing an understanding of how they reflect and/or respond to key concepts and debates


Coursework and Exam

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021




Coursework + exam


MEDIA 236: 15.0 points


15 points from COMMS 100, 104, FTVMS 100, 101, 110, MEDIA 101 and 45 points in BA courses


FTVMS 236, FTVMS 336, MEDIA 336

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