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Dr Russ Hunter

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Russ Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Film & Television. He has published on the reception of cult cinema, the reception of horror cinema in Belgium and was a report signatory and researcher for the BBFC-funded research project, Audiences and Receptions of Violence in Contemporary Cinema.

Russ is also working with project leader Dr Ernest Mathijs (University of British Columbia) on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant (Canada) funded project ‘Hot, Cool & Cult’, exploring the nature of contemporary cult cinema. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on the cinema of Dario Argento and is currently working on a monograph on the history of European horror cinema and an article exploring environmental discourses within Italian horror cinema. Russ has also published in numerous film encyclopaedias and reference guides.


  • PhD October 01 2006
  • Cultural Studies MA (Hons) July 31 2005
  • Politics MA (Hons) July 31 1999
  • Government BA (Hons) June 30 1998

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Genre Film Festivals and Rethinking the Definition of “The Festival Film”, Hunter, R. 29 Sep 2018, The International Film Festivals: Contemporary Cultures and History Beyond Venice and Cannes, I. B. Tauris
  • Morasta mesta. Italijanski film okoljski diskurzi, Hunter, R. 1 Nov 2018, In: Kino!
  • 'I have a picture of the Monster!': Il mostro di Frankenstein and the search for Italian horror cinema, Hunter, R. 1 Mar 2017, In: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
  • Kurja Polt: Kulti, Klasike in ŽAnrski Odpadniki na 35 mm, Jones, S., Hunter, R., Egan, K., Sexton, J., Peče, M., Dariš, M., Krajnc, M., Nikolič, P., Lovrenov, M. 2017
  • Horrifically local? European horror and regional funding initiatives, Hunter, R. 1 Sep 2016, In: Film Studies
  • Italian horror cinema, Baschiera, S., Hunter, R. Jun 2016
  • Preferisco l’inferno: Early Italian horror cinema, Hunter, R. 1 Jun 2016, Italian Horror Cinema, Edinburgh University Press
  • Eco Zombies: The Italian horror film and political ecology, Hunter, R. Jun 2013, In: The Italianist
  • 'I don't wanna be dead! There's no future in it!': The US and UK critical reception of Four Lions, Hunter, R. May 2013, No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • Nightmare cities: Italian horror cinema and environmental discourses, Hunter, R. 30 Oct 2013, Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television, London, I. B. Tauris

PGR Supervision

  • Thomas Ellis Collecting Paper: The economies of collecting tangible materials in the alternative film poster community after ‘the digital turn’. Start: 01/03/2015
  • Thomas Ellis Collecting Paper: The economies of collecting tangible materials in the alternative film poster community after ‘the digital turn’. Start: 01/03/2015
  • Michael Guarneri Sanguisughe sexy: Vampires in Italian genre cinema between 1956 and 1975 Start: 01/10/2015
  • Sophie Freeman Adaptation to Survive: British Horror Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s Start: 21/12/2017


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