Colette Balmain

Position: Lecturer in Film, TV & Media
Institution: Kingston University
Geographical areas: Transnational, Eastern Asia, South Asia, Southern Europe

Research areas: East and South East Asian cinema.


Dr Colette Balmain is a lecturer, film reviewer and writer who specializes in East Asian Cinemas and Cultures. She completed her PhD on Italian horror cinema in 2004, and has been teaching in Higher Education since 1997. Currently she is employed as a Lecturer in Film, TV and Media at Kingston University. She is a reviewer for Gothic Studies, SCMS’s Cinema Journal and East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. She is the editor for Directory of World Cinema: South Korea and is currently working on the second edition of her first book, Introduction to Japanese Horror Film, a monograph on South Korean horror cinema and a book on East Asian Gothic cinema. She is working on girlhood in East and South East Asian cinema and is participating in a funded workshop run by Dr Kate Taylor-Jones on Japanese Girlhood and a proposed project network on Girlhood.

Relevant Publications


Balmain, Colette, ‘Gender, Genre, Giallo: The Disturbed Dreams of Dario Argento’ (doctoral thesis, University of Greenwich, 2004). (There are sections on the figure of the child in my chapters on Italian neo-realism.)



Balmain, Colette, ‘Bloody Tears: ghostly girls and ghouls in Korean Horror Cinema’, Journal of East Asian Studies (in preparation) (2015).

– ‘Inside the Well of Loneliness: Towards a Definition of the Japanese Horror Film’, electronic journal of Japanese studies’ (2006).

Balmain, Colette, ‘Lost in translation: otherness and orientalism in “The Ring”‘, Diagesis: Journal of the Association for Research into Popular Fictions, 7 (2004), 69-77.



– ‘The ‘Demonic’ Other in Contemporary American Adaptations of Japanese Horror Film’ in Something Wicked This Way Comes: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, ed. by Colette Balmain and Lois Drawmer (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2008), pp. 25-38.

– ‘The Enemy within: the child as terrorist in the contemporary American horror film’, in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil , ed. by Niall Scott (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2008), pp. 133-148.

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