Dr Lauren Stephenson


I was appointed Lecturer in Film Studies at York St. John in January 2019, after three years with the university as a Visiting Lecturer in Film and Media studies. My main area of interest is the Horror film. I completed my PhD in June 2018, and my thesis explored the British 'Hoodie horror' film cycle and its treatment of gender and class. My current research projects concern British Horror TV, the New Zealand horror film, and the politics of portraying female friendship in cinema.


Further Information



I have taught extensively across all three undergraduate levels of YSJ's Film and Media programmes. I have acted as Module Director for several first year modules, including Media Research, Critical Perspectives, Cinema and Society and Writing the Media, and contributed to modules on Gothic and Horror cinema, Convergence cultures and Globalisation, among others. I have also worked closely with York St. John's English Literature team to deliver sessions for their Gothic and Horror and Gender and Sexualities modules.




Book Chapters

‘“I’m pissed off, and I’m angry, and we need your permission to kill someone”: Frustrated Masculinities in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set’. Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television. (2019) S. Gerrard, S. Holland, R. Shail (eds.) (Bingley: Emerald).

Conference Papers

‘Houses From Hell: Domestic Entrapment in Contemporary New Zealand Horror’, at Fear 2000, Sheffield Hallam University, June 2019.

'Eden Lake: Folk Horror or Horror Folk?' - Contribution to Jon Towlson's Folk Horror Course, CityScreen York, October 2018.

‘“The Glitch Just Typed!”: The Internet as Dystopia in Unfriended (Gabriadze, 2014)’, at Speculative Futures Conference, YSJ, May 2017.

‘Under Attack: Representing the Black working class man in British ‘Hoodie Horror’’, at School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy Research Seminar, YSJ, February 2017.

‘Landscape and the male body in the British ‘Hoodie Horror’ Film Cycle: Jason Ford’s Community and the British Council Estate’, at Cityscapes conference, YSJ, March 2016.

‘The State as ‘Alien’ in Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block’, at Trauma, Evil and Anxiety Research Symposium, University of Hildesheim, December 2015.


‘“Hell on Earth”: Landscape and the male body in the British ‘Hoodie Horror’ film cycle’ at International Gothic Association Conference at Coast Plaza Suites, Vancouver, July 2015.

‘Killer Looks: Dressing the Antagonist in the Horror Film’, at Research Snapshots, YSJ, March 2015

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Studying the horror film as an Academic subject’ at Research Methodologies Conference, YSJ, October 2014.

‘“The Kids Aren’t All Right”: The Hoodie Horror Phenomenon in Contemporary British Film’, at Research Snapshots, York St. John University (YSJ), March 2014.




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