Mikel J. Koven
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Folk horror
A discursive approach, with application to Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man and Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves
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Folk-horror should be characterized by a conflation of three discourses: the pagan (incorporating both witchcraft and satanism), the rural, and of course, the folklore itself. The folk horror film operates in the nexus of these three, and therefore should be analysed in light of these. Evoking a Venn-diagram, folk horror is where these three discourses overlap. This current paper seeks to re-evaluate The Wicker Man in its conflation of these three discourses: the pagan, the rural, and the folklore, and then to apply this discursive methodology to The Company of Wolves. And to this end, it will offer an alternative methodology, if not definition, of the term ‘folk horror’.

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