14th Apr2020

Interview: Sean Hogan on ‘England’s Screaming’

by Stuart Wright

In his latest podcast/interview, host and screenwriter Stuart Wright talks with filmmaker and author Sean Hogan about his new book, the metacritical review of British horror films since 1945 – ENGLAND’S SCREAMING & his European semi-sequel THREE MOTHERS, ONE FATHER. Both of which are out now.

What connects Duc de Richleau (The Devil Rides Out), Julian Karswell (Night Of The Demon), and Damien Thorn (The Omen)? Carol Ledoux (Repulsion) and Dr. Channard (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)? Jo Gilkes (Beasts) and Angel Blake (Blood On Satan’s Claw)? How is Karswell linked to Hugo Fitch (Dead Of Night) and Emily Underwood (From Beyond The Grave)? What connects Dorothy Yates (Frightmare) to the deaths at Russell Square (Death Line)? How and why does Damien Thorn know Julia Cotton (Hellraiser)? It’s a common thread of Film Criticism to note the influences and precursors of one film to another, especially in relation to genre: by definition, genre films are connected by a frame. What then if the characters could see each other? What if they existed not only as fictional characters in our world, but in a single chronology of their own? What if they could talk to each other, know each other, love and hate each other?

Who would align with whom, and what might we discover about how influences breed? What might we then learn about the warp and weft of our beloved genre and the patterns that are woven through it? Absorbing it all, Sean Hogan steps inside the world of UK Horror to examine it from within. To see how the characters, themes and stories interact, and what the bigger picture might reveal. Is there a story behind and between the stories we already know? What might it say about the history of UK Horror and the culture from which it was spawned?

ENGLAND’S SCREAMING: www.pspublishing.co.uk/englands-scre…an-5047-p.asp
THREE MOTHERS, ONE FATHER: blackshuckbooks.co.uk/shadows-20/

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