A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010

Mark Gatiss © BBC

Mark Gatiss © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Harbour Street and Cushing View in Whitstable

League Of Gentlemen star and Doctor Who writer, Mark Gatiss, celebrates the horror film in this new three-part series for BBC Four.

The series looks at the genre by examining the golden age of Hollywood horror of the thirties and forties and looking at some of the iconic films directed by Englishman James Whale.

In the second episode, Mark highlights changes in the genre with the 1958 remake of Dracula and saw the move from black and white films to colour and the introduction of an element of sex.  The second episode features scenes filmed in Whitstable, home of horror legend Peter Cushing.

Finally, the series looks at the gritty and graphic new wave of horror films; from Night Of The Living Dead in 1968 to the movie Halloween ten years later – the first of the great slew of Slasher films to dominate the next decade. Mark details the shifts in the horror genre, and meets leading film-makers from the era.

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Whitstable has been used for filming projects including Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

A History of Horror will be shown on BBC Four, Monday 11 October


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