Quickie Review: The Folk Horror Revival

Documentary on Folk Horror and Kill list etc

To tie in with this week’s review of the Wicker Man, this interesting documentary discusses the current resurgence of folk horror in films. These capture the inherent eeriness of the British countryside, exploring our unease about what evil resides in the woods and villages…and if our worst enemies might be the people we live next to.

Folk Horror has evolved over the years, from The Wicker Man in 1973 to Kill List in 2012, but why are we afraid of Folk? What is Folk Horror all about? Inspired by the Folk Horror season at the Barbican (London) this year, I intended to make a quick video looking at Folk Horror but it ended up taking quite some time. It went from being an overview, to being much more about Kill List specifically, but I hope it’s not too much of a mess as a result. It’s my longest video yet, and I was still cutting things out by the editing process! Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed this video essay! If you have any thoughts on the ideas in this video, or just your interpretation of the film in general, please leave them down in the comments. 🙂

With references to Blood on Satan’s Claw, Kill List and the Wicker Man of course, this is a very useful overview of films and TV shows that provide that same sense of rural terror.

Quickie review: Satanic panic

To provide some context for the spirit of the times that House of the Devil was set in, here’s a discussion about Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) from a reliable source – the New York Times


A 1980s newsreader discusses the outcry over the ‘evil influence’ of kids role-playing D&D in their parents’ garage…

Moral panics are a recurring theme, and have since moved onto computers games and music videos, and then back again to videogames…kind of. But The outrage over Dungeons and Dragons promoting devil worship is a kind of perfect storm of Satanic Panic and ‘moral majority’ paranoia that seemed so rife in the 1980s.


Some kids undergoing instruction from their Dungeon master…