Christiansen’s brilliant, engaging, and informative text makes a strong argument for cinematic weird’s classification as a genre, albeit underneath the umbrella of fantasy and somewhere between horror and science fiction—what Christiansen refers to as an "interzone." He clarifies what makes weird cinema weird, pointing to the defining elements—atmosphere, narration, and worlding—that combine to create eerie, uncanny cinematic spaces where anything can and does happen. Through an in-depth analysis of film, television, and music videos, the author demonstrates the extent and influence of new cinematic weird on today’s media market…. A must-read for those unfamiliar with new cinematic weird or for those wishing to expand their understanding of it, Christiansen’s text supplies a concise overview with well-chosen examples that help contextualize the techniques used to create the disquieting narrative constructs of these unique, uncanny cinematic landscapes. Recommended. All readers.— Choice Reviews
It’s a real testament to Steen Christiansen’s work that a category as abstract and slippery as the weird, marked by epistemological difficulty and genre blurring, is described here with such precision and clarity.— Sarah Juliet Lauro, University of Tampa
Extending critical feelers into the slippery, barely explored labyrinths of televisual and cinematic weirdness, The New Cinematic Weird: Atmospheres and Worldings offers a remarkably precise navigation of the techniques and tropes that evoke the weirdweave of narrative worlds, of looped times and twisted spaces, corporeal ecstasies and dissolutions, repeated undoings of look and sound. Demonstrating the importance of mood, atmosphere and affect to weirdworlding, it pursues smart and rigorously illuminating analyses of the disorienting work of the Weird.
Weirder still, unspeakable, even, in these post-critical times: the powerful revenance of a psychoanalysis dripping with jouissance, nachträglichkeit, uncannies and curious topologies carves out the shredded scaffold from which the rich and ragged worldweave hangs… — Fred Botting, Kingston School of Art