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Prof Peter Hutchings

Professor of Film Studies

Department: Arts

Peter completed his PhD on British horror cinema in the late 1980s, and has since published widely on British cinema and television and on international horror cinema.

Peter completed his PhD on British horror cinema in the late 1980s, and has since published widely on British cinema and television and on international horror cinema. He also completed research on the science fiction and thriller genres and has a continuing interest in sensational popular cultural forms.

Peter is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review Colleges, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Culture in Britain and the editorial advisory board of Scope: an online journal of film studies.



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

British film and television history; the horror film; science fiction; the thriller.

Peter's research-led modules include undergraduate 3rd year options on The Horror Film and Fantasy Television and a postgraduate module on Italian film genres.

He is currently supervising four PhDs:
- Catalan cinema
- Émigré cinema
- Lovecraftian horror cinema
- 1960s and 1970s British horror cinema

Key Publications

P. Hutchings (2008), ‘American Vampires in Britain: Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Hammer’s The Night Creatures’ in D. North (ed.), Sights Unseen: Unfinished British Films, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.  

P. Hutchings (2008) ‘Monster Legacies: Memory, Technology and Horror History’ in L. Geraghty & M. Jancovich (eds.)., The Shifting Definitions of Genre, Jefferson, N.C: McFarland Press.  

P. Hutchings (2008) ‘Theatres of Blood: Shakespeare and Horror Cinema’ in D. Townsend & J. Drakakis (eds)., Gothic Shakespeare, London: Routledge 

P. Hutchings (2008), The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema, Lanham, MD.: Scarecrow Press.

P. Hutchings (2009), 'Horror London' in The Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6 (2).

P. Hutchings (2009), "'I'm the girl he wants to kill": The "women in peril" thriller in 1970s British film and television', Visual Culture in Britain, 10 (1).
P. Hutchings (2009), 'Music of the Night: Horror's Soundtracks' in Graeme Harper (ed.), Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media, London: Continuum Press. 

P. Hutchings (2010), 'Little Ladies: Rock Follies and British Television's Dramatisation of Rock Music' in Ian Inglis (ed.), Popular Music and Television in Britain, London: Ashgate.
P. Hutchings (2010), 'The Power to Create Catastrophe: The idea of apocalypse in 1970s British cinema' in Paul Newland (ed.), Don't Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s, Bristol: Intellect.

P. Hutchings (2011), 'Dracula's Eastern Legacy: Japanese vampire films of the 1970s', Asian Cinema 22 (1).

P. Hutchings (2011), 'Tracking UFO: Format, Text and Context in British Science Fiction Television' in Tobias Hochscherf & James Leggott (ed.), British Science Fiction Film and Television, Jefferson N. C.: McFarland Press.

P. Hutchings (2012), 'Resident Evil: The Limits of European Horror' in Patricia Allmer, Emily Brick and David Huxley (eds.), European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe since 1946, London: Wallflower Press.

P. Hutchings (2013), 'Film Noir and Horror' in Helen Hanson and Andrew Spicer (eds.) A Companion to Film Noir, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

P. Hutchings (2013), 'Northern Darkess: the curious case of the Swedish vampire' in Leon Hunt, Sharon Lockyer and Milly Williamson (eds.), Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television, London: I. B. Tauris.

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