Dr Johnny Walker

Senior Lecturer in Media
Department: Social Sciences

Johnny is Senior Lecturer in Media and the Erasmus Lead for the Department of Social Sciences, and teaches courses across BA Mass Communications and the new Social Sciences Foundation Year.

Johnny -walkerHe has been working at Northumbria since 2013, prior to which he was Lecturer in Film Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester and, before that, an Academic Tutor in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and short journalistic pieces, in addition to having written or edited a number of books in the fields of film history and popular culture. 

His work has appeared in leading journals such as the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (forthcoming 2016) and the Journal of British Cinema and Television, as well as in books such as Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema, Italian Horror Cinema, and the Routledge Companion to British Cinema History.His books include, as author, Contemporary British Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and, as co-editor Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2016). Currently he is working on a book tentatively titled Britain and the Video Boom: Tracking Popular Culture in the 1970s and 80s which is under contract with the University of Exeter Press. With Dr Austin Fisher, he is Series Co-editor of Global Exploitation Cinemas, a book series published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Johnny has provided expert commentary on horror cinema for the BBC, The Independentnewspaper, The NME, and Real Crime magazine, and provided the sleevenotes for the Arrow Video release of Nico Mastorakis’s Island of Death. Additionally, he has delivered seminar papers and/or guest/keynote lectures at: Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), University of Warwick, University of Kent, Anglia Ruskin University, Birmingham City University and Falmouth University.

Campus Address

403b Lipman Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

0191 227 3920

Key Publications - books


  • Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (Edinburgh University Press, 2015)
  • Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (co-edited with Jackson, Kimber and Waston, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)
  • Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (co-edited with Fisher, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)

Journal Articles

Journal articles

  • ‘“Reliability, quality, and [a] reputation for great entertainment”: the promotional strategies of Britain’s early video distributors, beyond the video nasties’, currently out for peer review with a leading journal.
  • ‘Video nicies: re-thinking the relationship between video entertainment and children in Britain during the early 1980s’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, forthcoming 2016.
  • 'From Pinter to Pimp: Danny Dyer, Class, Cultism and the Critics', co-written with Sarah Godfrey, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 12.1 (2015)
  • 'A wilderness of horrors?-British horror cinema in the new millennium', Journal of British Cinema and Television, 9.3 (2012)
  • 'Nasty visions: Violent spectacle in contemporary British horror cinema', Horror Studies 2.1, (2011) pp.115-130.



  • ‘The Cult of VHS,’ in Jamie Sexton and Ernest Mathijs (eds), Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017)
  • 'Rewind, Playback: Re-viewing the "Video Boom" in Britain,' in I. Q. Hunter et al (eds)  Routledge Companion to British Cinema (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2016).
  • 'Traces of snuff: black markets, fan subcultures and underground horror in the 1990s,' in Neil Jackson et al. Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).
  • 'Knowing the unknown beyond: "Italianate" and "Italian" horror cinema in the twenty-first century,' in Stefano Baschiera and Russ Hunter (eds) Italian Horror Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
  • 'Low budgets, no budgets and Digital Video nasties: recent British horror and informal distribution', in Nowell, R. (ed.) Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema. London & New York: Bloomsbury (2014).

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Media Appearances


PhD, MA, BA (Hons)