Cine-Excess Announce Rural Horror Conference

Written by Martin Unsworth Thursday, 17 July 2014

Event News

The eighth Cine-Excess International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions take place in Brighton on 14th - 16th November.

This year's theme is 'Are You Ready for the Country: Cult Cinema and Rural Excess'

The three-day symposium will take a scholarly exploration of the use of rural locations in cult cinema and will talks, filmmaker interviews, and UK theatrical premières of new cult releases.

Previous guests of honour over the years have included John Landis, Roger Corman, Stuart Gordon, Brian Yunza, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, Franco Nero, Ruggeo Deodato and Vanessa Redgrave.

From the press release:

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel’s ground breaking backwoods classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, Cine-Excess VIII considers cult representations of the rural space and its inhabitants, analysing the extent to which depictions of the countryside often reveal fascinating issues of class, sexuality, race and regional distinction.

From early moonshine movies depicting ribald rural rule breaking, to survival splatter epics such as DELIVERANCE (1972), THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974), SOUTHERN COMFORT (1981), THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005) and beyond, the American countryside and its inhabitants come to evoke longstanding traditions of humour, horror and morbid fascination within a range of cult film genres. Beyond this established Stateside preoccupation with the South, Europe has also used cult imagery to acknowledge its own regional splits and divisions, which have fed into a range of representations, myths and case-studies that extended from eugenic case-study to exploitation cinema. In addition to these territories, other global cultures frequently figure the rural space as a site of either erotic emancipation or fearful foreboding in a range of unsettling and iconic genres that warrant further investigation.

In order to explore these themes further, Cine-Excess VIII will consider the wide variety of representations of the cult countryside from a range of differing theoretical and methodological perspectives, while also considering larger national notions of the rural space within film, television, literature, comics and digital media. A number of iconic international filmmakers associated with rural cult cinema classics are expected to be attendance to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.

Proposals are now invited for papers on any aspect of rural excess with a final listing of accepted presentations will be released on 17th September.  

Anyone interested in submitting a paper should check out the suggested topics on the website.

The event takes place at The University of Brighton on 14th -16th November and is open to the public as well as academics, with screening delegate passes available for individual films or full delegate passes for access to the whole conference.

Further information and regular updates on the event (including information on guests, keynote speeches, and screenings) are available on


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