Sexual Horror Stories: The Eroticisation of Spanish Horror Film (1969–75)

Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio (2017) Sexual Horror Stories: The Eroticisation of Spanish Horror Film (1969–75). In: Fouz-Hernandez, Santiago, ed. Spanish Erotic Cinema. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 74-91. ISBN 978-1-4744-0047-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

For many cultural commentators, the combination of horror, eroticism and sex characterised many Spanish horror films of the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Spanish horror films of the period partook of the general permissiveness to reveal (parts of) the body and exploit the imaging of eroticism and sexuality. As Fotogramas’ film critic Mr. Belvedere argued in his article ‘España 69, la lenta escalada del erotismo’, the so-called exploitation of ‘erotismo de consumo’ (1969: np) was taking place not only in the auterist works of New Spanish Cinema directors but also in popular comedies. Spanish horror films also joined this growing trend. This chapter therefore contextualizes contemporary horror film production vis-à-vis broader changing attitudes toward sex and its cinematic representation, discourses on cinema and eroticism in the cultural sphere and wider socio-historical changes in sexual mores and depictions of the body.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: horror film, sexuality, erotic cinema, consumerist eroticism, camp readings
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2994 Film Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Antonio Lazaro-Reboll
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:16 UTC
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 10:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59817 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1356-5054
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