Shellie McMurdo

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Research interests

  • Contemporary American Horror Cinema
  • Trauma theory
  • Cult film and television
  • Analogue media and its use in contemporary media
  • Cultural studies
  • True crime fandom


I am a Lecturer in Film and Television Theory and Practice in the School of Creative Arts where I teach on both the BA and MA programmes.

I completed my PhD on found footage horror at Roehampton University, and taught there previous to joining the School of Creative Arts.  

I have published and presented on horror media (film, television and podcasting), trauma and cinema, special effects makeup and the true crime fandom. I have two forthcoming monographs: Pet Sematary (Auteur, 2022) and Blood on the Lens: Trauma and Anxiety in American Found Footage Horror Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

In addition to found footage horror and broader contemporary American horror cinema and its relationship to cultural trauma, I am also interested in how analogue aesthetics and formats such as VHS are being utilised or featured in the contemporary horror genre and much of my new research will focus on this new area. 

I co-founded and co-convene the Horror Studies SIG of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), and am the series co-editor of Hidden Horror Histories (Liverpool University Press).

Teaching specialisms

  • Genre
  • Cinema history
  • Contemporary American independent filmmaking
  • Cultural studies
  • Trauma and media
  • Cult film and television
  • Low/No budget filmmaking


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