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In this week's episode we take a deep dive into the world of horror right before Halloween

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To celebrate the start of season 13 of Life Solved, and as we record this just a few days before Halloween, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of horror.

And what better way to record the episode, than at one of the most haunted places in Portsmouth, The New Theatre Royal. 

Dr Rebecca Janicker, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth, explores the history of the horror genre, the development of scary movies, TV shows and computer games, and how it reflects our current-day culture and concerns. 

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Host: John Worsey

Producers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers 

Production Assistant: Vilma Olofsson

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