'Too Dreadfully Brutal': In Conversation with Author Jon Towlson
Synthetic Flesh/Rotten Blood: The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936 will examine ‘happy ending’ horror in relation to industry practices and censorship, and detail how the likes of Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Raven (1935) may be more akin to the modern Grand Guignol excesses of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Hostel (2005) than many critics and audiences believe. Towlson’s discussion will be reinforced with memos, letters and censorship reports from the studio archives and other research conducted for his book.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Jon about his work, his forthcoming lecture, the misconception of 1930s horror cinema and how it helped shape the genre.
Head over to Diabolique to read the full interview…