Streaming Italian horror cinema in the United Kingdom: Lovefilm Instant

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Abstract

This article investigates the distribution of Italian horror cinema in the age of video streaming, analyzing its presence and categorization on the platform Lovefilm Instant UK, in order to investigate the importance of ‘niche’ in what is known as the long tail of online distribution and the online availability of exploitation films. I argue that looking at the streaming presence of Italian horror and comparing it to its prior distribution on home video formats (in particular VHS and DVD) we can grasp how distribution and access have shaped the understanding of the genre. In particular, I address the question of the categorization of the films made by the S-VOD services and the limits of streaming distribution, such as lack of persistency in availability and the need of enhanced curatorship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-60
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2017

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