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Dr James Aston

Lecturer/ Programme Director for Film Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Summary

James Aston's principal research interest lies in the field of extreme horror. He has published numerous articles in this research area including co-editing To See the Saw Movies: Essays on Torture Porn and Post-9/11 Horror. He has also written a monograph on the horror filmmakers Fred Vogel, Shane Ryan, and Lucifer Valentine, entitled Beyond Videodrome: Hardcore Horror in the 21st Century [working title. Forthcoming 2018].

Book

Hardcore horror cinema in the 21st century: Production, marketing and consumption

Aston, J. (2018). Hardcore horror cinema in the 21st century: Production, marketing and consumption. McFarland

Book Chapter

Movies outside the mainstream: August underground and real/reel horror

Aston, J. (2015). Movies outside the mainstream: August underground and real/reel horror. In L. Blake, & X. Aldana Reyes (Eds.), Digital horror: Haunted technologies, network panic and the found footage phenomenon, 137-148. I. B. Tauris

Television X-cised: restricted hardcore and the resisting of the real

Aston, J. (2012). Television X-cised: restricted hardcore and the resisting of the real. Television, sex and society: analyzing contemporary representations, 79 - 92. Continuum

Journal Article

“A malignant, seething hatework”: an introduction to U.S. 21st century hardcore horror

Aston, J. (2016). “A malignant, seething hatework”: an introduction to U.S. 21st century hardcore horror

"I've never murdered anyone in my life. The decisions are up to them.": Ethical Guidance and Cultural Pessimism in the Saw Series

Walliss, J., & Aston, J. (2012). "I've never murdered anyone in my life. The decisions are up to them.": Ethical Guidance and Cultural Pessimism in the Saw Series. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 24(3), 352-364. doi:10.1353/rpc.2012.0034

Postgraduate supervision

Horror cinema, particularly extreme horror and contemporary North American horror. Completed PhDs Martin Hall, 1960s British and European Art cinema. Adam Chapman, The Great Game of History: An Analytical Approach to and Analysis of, the Videogame as a Historical Form. Lee Freeman, 'The Mild Revolution': The Politics of Ealing Studios. Emma Horrex, The Representations of the Girl Gang in American Films of the 1990s and 2000s. Current PhD supervisions Supervising four PhD researchers whose topics are Folk horror, Italian gothic horror, memory and aging in teenage dystopian fiction and cinema, and the Disney princess franchise. Also second supervisor for a Sheffield Hallam PhD student as part of NECAH. The thesis is on British Horror Cinema and the Production of Space.