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Dr Johnny Walker

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Johnny began working at Northumbria in 2013, prior to being a Lecturer in Film Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester. 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. 

Johnny's work has appeared in leading journals such as the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Post Script, and the Journal of British Cinema and Television, as well as in books such as Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema (2014), Italian Horror Cinema (2016), and the Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (2017). 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 solo-authored book about the history of video rental culture in Britain, a co-authored book on the history of exploitation film (with Dr Neil Jackson), a co-edited anthology of key writings on horror cinema (with Dr Steve Jones), and a second edition of the late Professor Peter Hutchings’ first book, Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film. With Dr Austin Fisher, he is founding series co-editor of Bloomsbury's Global Exploitation Cinemas book series, and an editorial board member of the Horror Studies book series published by the University of Wales Press (founded by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes). 

Johnny is a recognised expert on the history of horror and exploitation film, has provided expert commentary on such topics for BBC Radio, The Independent, The NME, and Real Crime magazine, and is the author of the sleeve notes that accompany Arrow Video's Blu-Ray release of Nico Mastorakis’ video nasty: Island of Death (1976). He is regularly asked to deliver research seminars and guest lectures at universities through the country (including, for example, King's College London, University of Warwick and University of Kent), and has delivered keynote talks at conferences hosted at the Technical University of Dortmund (2016), Canterbury Christ Church University (2017) and De Montfort University (2018).

Johnny currently supervises a number of PhD students a Northumbria, in addition to being a Dissertation Committee member for an on-going PhD project at Bowling Green State University in the US. He welcomes enquires from potential PhD students who share his research interests.

Campus Address

Squires 306c
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne


  • PhD April 01 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Italian horror cinema, Fisher, A., Walker, J. 1 Mar 2017, In: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
  • Reliability, quality, and a reputation for great entertainment: the promotional strategies of Britain’s early video distributors, beyond the video nasties, Walker, J. 1 Feb 2017, In: Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities
  • Rewind, playback: re-viewing the "video boom" in Britain, Walker, J. Jan 2017, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Video nicies: re-thinking the relationship between video entertainment and children in Britain during the early 1980s, Walker, J. 13 Mar 2017, In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
  • Introduction: 42nd Street, and Beyond, Walker, J., Fisher, A. Jun 2016, Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond, London, Bloomsbury
  • Knowing the unknown beyond: "Italianate" and "Italian" horror cinema in the twenty-first century, Walker, J. Jun 2016, Italian Horror Cinema, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • Traces of snuff: black markets, fan subcultures and underground horror in the 1990s, Walker, J. 28 Jan 2016, Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media, London, Bloomsbury
  • Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society, Walker, J. Oct 2015
  • From Pinter to Pimp: Danny Dyer, Class, Cultism and the Critics, Godfrey, S., Walker, J. Jan 2015, In: Journal of British Cinema and Television

PGR Supervision

  • Erin Wiegand Start: 01/10/2017
  • Rui Trindade Oliveira An Examination of Southern Europeanness in Italian and Spanish Horror Cinema: 1968-2018 Start: 01/10/2015
  • Adam Herron Start: 01/10/2019
  • Adam Herron Start: 01/10/2019
  • Erin Wiegand Start: 01/10/2017
  • Rui Trindade Oliveira An Examination of Southern Europeanness in Italian and Spanish Horror Cinema: 1968-2018 Start: 01/10/2015


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