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Kathryn Collinson

Media, De Montfort University

Thesis title:

The Appeal of SFX: The Relationship between Special Effects and Film Reception in Horror and Science-fiction Films

This thesis examines the relationship between audience reception and industrial production as it applies to the role of special effects within specific genre films, notably body horror as an intersection between horror and science-fiction. In order to do so, it considers the role of special effects within body horror cinema, how these effects are received by an audience, how these effects are presented to an audience, and in what ways an audience interest in special effects in turn creates industrial motivation to improve new and more interesting SFX techniques.

Research Area

  • Media


  • 'Splitting the atom: Reinterpreting atomic imagery in Gojira (1954) and Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)'. "It is True, We Shall Be Monsters": New Perspectives on Horror, Science Fiction and the Monstrous Onscreen (CATH Conference 2018), De Montfort University, 13 June 2018.

Other Research Interests

  • Audiences and reception
  • Contextual surrounds in film
  • Transnational cinema
  • Cult cinema
  • Film genre