chapter  3
19 Pages

‘A crude sort of entertainment for a crude sort of audience’: the British critics and horror cinema

ByJulian Petley

Will this wave of sensationalism die a natural death? Probably, but in the meantime it makes film-going a hazardous occupation, increases the number of customers who abstain from the cinema except on the rare occasions when ‘there is something which, I hope, does not contain violence, sadism, lechery, torture, perversion, lust or cruelty’ (I quote from one of the many letters on the subject.) Can’t anything be done about it? Of course it can, if anyone in authority takes some trouble.