The Horror Genre in Balkan Cinema

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Horror as a genre in the Balkans, especially in Croatia and Serbia, seems to be rising from its grave, especially in contemporary terms; filmmakers play with the exploitation notions of the genre, demonic possessions based on true stories etc., often depicting current social, political and cultural differences and concerns in the process. This paper will examine those social, political and cultural changes in Former Yugoslavia and after its fall, changes that occurred due to turbulent times that were depicted through the medium of film and the continuing consequences of those changes today, how they coincided with the emergence of contemporary horror genre films in Croatia and Serbia, most notably, in order to try and explain the current state of affairs in both countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic
EditorsClive Bloom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33136-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33135-1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2020

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