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Mark Gatiss fronts BBC 4 special on horror films

Mark Gatiss fronts BBC 4 special on horror films
Staff Reporter
08 October 2012

Mark Gatiss is returning to BBC Four with a feature-length exploration of European horror cinema.

Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss follows his 2010 BBC Four series A History Of Horror. He explores the story of European horror, looking at how the genre came to reflect the continent's turbulent 20th century.

"Europe is so much the home of Horror," says Gatiss, "with its myths of vampires, werewolves, witchcraft and the undead, yet it’s like those myths were exported to Hollywood, leaving Europe the room to develop a new tradition as a way of processing its traumas, particularly the two world wars."

The voyage takes Gatiss across Europe, from the castle in Slovakia where FW Mourn shot Nosferatu (1922), to the hotel in Ostend, Belgium where Harry Kümel filmed his erotic vampire classic Daughters Of Darkness (1971).

He also visits Paris where Gatiss meets Edith Scob, the woman behind the mask in Eyes Without A Face (1960), while in Rome, he discusses Italy's distinctive brand of horror, the Giallo thriller, with director Dario Argento.

In Madrid he has a rare interview with the godfather of Spanish horror Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, before speaking with exponent of Spanish-language horror, Guillermo del Toro.

Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss (1x90) was commissioned by Mark Bell, commissioning editor, Arts, and is executive produced by Michael Poole for BBC Bristol.

“Mark Gatiss combines the enthusiasm of the fresh-faced fan with unparalleled knowledge and expertise,” says Bell.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC Four will be speaking about the opportunities for factual on the channel at theTelevisual Factual Festivallater this month.

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