The Texas Chainsaw Massacre may not be to everyone's taste but it helped turn Xavier Mendik into one of the world's leading academic experts on cult movies.
Mr Mendik, course convener for the groundbreaking MA in cult film and TV that begins at Brunel University in October, cites the seminal 1974 film, featuring cannibals with a penchant for power-tool butchery, as his favourite cult film.
"I have always been interested in quirky movies. They always reflect the quirks and social implications of the periods in which they were made," he said.
"There were a number of dark films made after Vietnam and after 9/11 it is interesting to see a revival of darker films such as Cabin Fever ."
Mr Mendik, who was headhunted from University College Northampton, will also be director of the Cult Film Archive based in Brunel's Screen Media Research Centre.
He has made documentaries on cult films including the provocatively titled Menstrual Monsters , which examines the Ginger Snaps trilogy of horror movies featuring female werewolves.
Joe Duddell joins as music lecturer in the School of Arts from Exeter University.
Chris Skelly joins the Institute for the Environment. He previously worked for the Institute for Environmental Science and Research in New Zealand.
Tassos G. Karayiannis has been appointed professor of thermal engineering and deputy head of the School of Engineering and Design. He was previously at London South Bank University.
Andrew Choo , professor of Law in the School of Social Sciences and Law, moves to Warwick University.
Bob Westaway , head of registry, moves to Goldsmiths, University of London.
John Newby , former head of the School of Information Systems, Computing and Maths, retires after 35 years.