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Footage At The Borderlands: Horror Writer Adam Nevill's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Sean Kitching , November 28th, 2015 07:33

With his new novel 'Lost Girl' out now, horror author Adam Nevill recommends his favourite recent horror films to Sean Kitching. You are going to want to work through this list.

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Having previously turned his talents to subjects such as the traditional ghost story, the outsider/occult artist, the ancient, unspeakable deities that inhabit the Scandinavian wilderness, notorious cults, puppets and taxidermy, Adam Nevill looks towards a nightmarish near future crippled by global warming and over population in his seventh novel, Lost Girl. Against a backdrop recognisably close to our own, Lost Girl’s protagonist, named only as ‘the father’ tortures sex offenders for information on his kidnapped young daughter, while descending into grief-stricken madness that eventually brings him face to face with the literal embodiment of the deity of those last days, ‘King Death,’ and its nihilistic worshippers. Nevill’s excellently rendered and poetic prose, combined with his distressing premise, makes for compelling reading. Although some might see this novel as a diversion from his usual genre, the theme of horror is as present as ever, perhaps even more so. As an incidental character says to ‘the father’: “The past is unrecoverable. Extinction is incremental. There is no science fiction. Advanced physics, inter-galactic travel, gadgets? An epic fantasy, the lot of it. There is only horror ahead of us now.” As well as receiving recognition as one of the UK’s best horror authors (his last novel No One Gets Out Alive won this year’s August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel,) Nevill is also a keen devotee of cinematic horror, as evidenced by his regular recommendations on his blog. Here he picks 13 of his favourite films, with emphasis on some of the lesser known entries in the genre.

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Nov 29, 2015 12:05pm

Justin Kurzel directed Snowtown.
Other than that error this is a pretty fascinating list.

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Nov 30, 2015 9:36am

This is a really good selection, particularly The Borderlands and McCullin

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Dec 2, 2015 11:21pm

wot no human centipede 7?

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N.N. Kneale
Dec 2, 2015 11:55pm

Thanks for the great list. Despite loving the genre, I haven't seen any of these except for Snowtown because I'm rather weary of contemporary horror films, which tend to be derivative at best. Will definitely check these out.

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Tim Lockwood
Feb 3, 2016 3:58pm

Having read Mr Nevill's 'Last Days' and been very impressed by it's unsettling atmosphere and believable characters, I followed a link via someone else's posting on Facebook to this intriguing list.
There were a few titles on there that hadn't crossed my radar and Adam's pocket reviews whetted my appetite. Now I've got to track them down and somehow fit them into an already bursting schedule.

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amanda bush
Oct 31, 2016 4:33pm

Very interesting choices, especially The Borderlands which I thought totally shocking. I'm not so sure about Nevill's assessment of Jennifer Lynch's work though - I remember Boxing Helena all too well.

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