Little Terrors: Children's Horror on Film & Television (12A)
Date: Sunday 5th August
Prices: £7, £5 concs (sofas first come, first served)
Children and horror: two things that you wouldn't think would go together. Very often, it's assumed that if children are exposed to horror, they will be psychologically ‘corrupted’ in some way - and so they should be protected from it at all costs.
Yet for many horror fans, our fascination with all things spooky began in childhood – whether because we watched something that we really weren’t supposed to, or were introduced to horror through children’s content such as Scooby Doo, Goosebumps or classic Disney fairy tales - like 'that scene' from Pinocchio. With recent films such as ParaNorman, Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania, and children’s toys like the Monster High dolls, horror for children is becoming increasingly mainstream.
This lecture from the University of Warwick's Catherine Lester explores in detail the area of horror films and television programmes created specifically for children in the UK and the US, touching on the defining characteristics of children’s horror stories on film and television and how children’s horror is able to be both ‘scary’ enough to be classified as horror, but ‘safe’ enough to be considered ‘child-friendly’. Catherine aims to show that the relationship between children and horror is as complex as it is fascinating and that, far from being incompatible, children and horror are actually an ideal match.
Films and programmes discussed range from the popular to the obscure, the good to the bad, the expected to the unexpected, and the surprisingly disturbing to the downright fun, including Disney’s The Watcher In The Woods, cult-favourite The Monster Squad, 70s CFF chiller The Man From Nowhere and the British anthology series Dramarama Spooky.