Mark Kermode on becoming a horror fan

"I… sensed from the very beginning that there was something incomprehensibly significant about the actions being played out on-screen, something which spoke to me in a language I didn't quite understand…. I felt from the outset that beyond the gothic trappings these movies had something to say to me about my life. I just didn’t have any idea what."

- Mark Kermode on becoming a horror film fan, Ill Effects: The Media/Violence Debate (Routledge, 1997), p.57