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Dr Johnny Walker

Associate Professor

Department: Arts

Johnny Walker is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University in the UK. From 2018 to 2021 he was Programme Leader of the BA Mass Communications framework, for which he won "Programme Leader of Year" at the Student Union Awards 2018-19. As of September 2021, he is the Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded Fellowship: Raising Hell: British Horror Film of the 1980s and 1990s.

Johnny began working at Northumbria in 2013, prior to lecturing in Film Studies at De Montfort University and Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, in addition to having written or edited a number of books in the fields of film history and popular culture, with an emphasis on horror and exploitation film and video.

Johnny's books include, as author, Rewind, Replay: Britain and the Video Boom, 1978-92 (Edinburgh University Press, in press, 2022) and Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), as editor, Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film (by Peter Hutchings, 2021), and as co-editor, Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2016). His scholarship has appeared (or is due to appear) in leading journals such as the New Review of Film and Television Studies (2022), the Journal of Popular Culture (2022), the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2017), the Journal of British Cinema and Television (2012, 2015)Post Script (2016) and Horror Studies (2011), as well as in books such as Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema (2014), Italian Horror Cinema (2016), the Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (2017), the Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (2020) and ReFocus: The Films of Roberta Findlay (forthcoming, 2022).

A recognised expert on the history of horror and exploitation film, Johnny is an editorial board member for the book series Horror Studies (University of Wales Press) and journal MONSTRUM, and has provided expert commentary on such topics for BBC Radio, The Independent, The NME, and Real Crime magazine. He is regularly asked to deliver research seminars and guest lectures at universities throughout the country and beyond (including, for example, King's College London, University of Warwick, University of Kent, University of Leicester, Kiel University of Applied Sciences), and has delivered keynote talks or plenary sessions at conferences hosted at the Technical University of Dortmund (2016), Canterbury Christ Church University (2017), De Montfort University (2018) and the University of Leeds (2019). He is asked regularly to peer-review manuscripts for leading journals and academic presses.

​Johnny is Membership Secretary (elected) for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), co-chair of the SCMS Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group, and founding co-editor of Bloomsbury's Global Exploitation Cinemas series.

Johnny supervises a number of PhDs and welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students on topics relating to his research interests.

Johnny Walker

Campus Address

Squires 306c
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Horror film and video
  • Exploitation cinema
  • Film and video history
  • Media industries
  • British cinema

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Activist Horror Film: The Genre as Tool for Change, Walker, J. 3 Apr 2022, In: New Review of Film and Television Studies
  • Video nicies: re-thinking the relationship between video entertainment and children in Britain during the early 1980s, Walker, J. 1 Sep 2017, In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
  • Reliability, quality, and a reputation for great entertainment: the promotional strategies of Britain’s early video distributors, beyond the video nasties, Walker, J. 1 Feb 2017, In: Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities
  • Introduction: 42nd Street, and Beyond, Walker, J., Fisher, A. Jun 2016, Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond, London, Bloomsbury
  • Knowing the unknown beyond: "Italianate" and "Italian" horror cinema in the twenty-first century, Walker, J. Jun 2016, Italian Horror Cinema, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • Traces of snuff: black markets, fan subcultures and underground horror in the 1990s, Walker, J. 28 Jan 2016, Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media, London, Bloomsbury
  • Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society, Walker, J. Oct 2015
  • From Pinter to Pimp: Danny Dyer, Class, Cultism and the Critics, Godfrey, S., Walker, J. Jan 2015, In: Journal of British Cinema and Television
  • A wilderness of horrors? British horror cinema in the new millennium, Walker, J. 2012, In: Journal of British Cinema and Television
  • Rewind, playback: re-viewing the "video boom" in Britain, Walker, J. Jan 2017, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis

  • Adam Herron Queering the Porn Theatre: Sexual Spaces in New York City, 1967-1980 Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Madelaine Culver-Goldstein New Approaches to Popular Film: An Intertextual Exploration of Women-led Narratives in British Horror Cinema c.2000 - c.2023 Start Date: 01/06/2021
  • Adam Herron Queering the Porn Theatre: Sexual Spaces in New York City, 1967-1980 Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 18/11/2021
  • Erin Wiegand Mondo Movies: A Historical Study of a Polysemous Genre Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 22/06/2022
  • Rui Trindade Oliveira Supranational Horrors: An Examination of Italian and Spanish Horror Film Production: 1968-2018 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 21/09/2020
  • Adam Herron Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 27/11/2019
  • Erin Wiegand Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 27/11/2019
  • Rui Trindade Oliveira An Examination of Southern Europeanness in Italian and Spanish Horror Cinema: 1968-2018 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 27/11/2019

  • PhD April 01 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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