This critical anthology sets out to explore the boom that horror cinema and TV productions have experienced in Spain in the past two decades. It uses a range of critical and theoretical perspectives to examine a broad variety of films and filmmakers, such as works by Alejandro Amenábar, Álex de la Iglesia, Pedro Almodóvar, Guillermo del Toro, Juan Antonio Bayona, and Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The volume revolves around a set of fundamental questions: What are the causes for this new Spanish horror-mania? What cultural anxieties and desires, ideological motives and practical interests may be behind such boom? Is there anything specifically "Spanish" about the Spanish horror film and TV productions, any distinctive traits different from Hollywood and other European models that may be associated to the particular political, social, economic or cultural circumstances of contemporary Spain?
Table of Contents
Part I: The (Postmodern) Gothic
1. Trapped in The House of Mirrors: The Others as a Transnational Postmodern Gothic Thriller
2. Contemporary Spanish Gothic Heroines
Part II: Mothers, Children, Patriarchy, and the Biopolitics of Reproduction
3. Monstrous (Re)productions: Mothering Patriarchy on the Spanish Horror Screen
4. Suspendido en el tiempo: Children and Contemporary Spanish Horror
Part III: Sound, Vision, Media, and Intermediality
5. Dude, Where's My Phallus?! Locating the Horror of La piel que habito (2011)
6. Why They Film: The Camera and Viewer Address in Found Footage Horror Films from Spain.
[Anne E. Hardcastle]
7. Sound of Fear in Recent Spanish Films
Part IV: The [REC] Phenomenon
8. After the End of History: Horror Cinema in Neoliberal Spain (2002-2013)
9. Generating Fear: From Fantastic Factory (2000-2005) to [REC] (2007-2014)
10. The Medium is the Monster: Metadiscourse and the Horrors of post-11 M Spain in the [REC] Trilogy
[William J. Nichols]
11. "I am an eye, I am a mechanichal eye ..." (The [REC] Series)
Part V: A Focus on Individual Filmmakers: Daniel Calparsoro and Paul Naschy
12. Blurring Reality and Fiction in Contemporary Spanish Horror TV: The Case of Daniel Calparsoro
[Vicente Rodríguez-Ortega and Rubén Romero]
Jorge Marí is Professor of Hispanic Studies at North Carolina State University, USA. His books include Lecturas espectaculares: el cine en la novela española desde 1970 and the co-edited volume Ventanas sobre el Atlántico: Estados Unidos-España durante el postfranquismo,1975-2008. He has published numerous essays on Spanish cultural studies, film, literature, and music.