Generating Fear: From Fantastic Factory (2000-2005) to [REC] (2007-2014)

Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio (2017) Generating Fear: From Fantastic Factory (2000-2005) to [REC] (2007-2014). In: Mari, Jorge, ed. Tracing the Borders of Spanish Horror Cinema and Television. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies . Routledge, New York, US and London, UK, pp. 161-189. ISBN 978-0-415-34863-8. (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

This chapter describes the industrial backdrop out of which Filmax genre production grew in order to firmly locate the [REC] series as part of the company’s established practices of production, distribution and promotion. The second section moves on to a discussion of the central features of the series, with particular focus on the narrative world of the 2007 film, its key formal and stylistic strategies, as well as its self-conscious dialogue with horror genre conventions and traditions. The narrative and aesthetic strategy of blurring reality and fiction, of experimenting with televisual language and contemporary media culture in the horror genre, delivered an innovative film. While [REC] exploited an industrially and commercially proven genre circuit trailed by Filmax since the early 2000s, it also stood out in the context of contemporary Spanish horror film as a franchise business which expanded the [REC] brand to a range of other media as the saga developed. As a film commodity which has been distributed and exhibited globally, the chapter finally considers its critical reception – including that of [REC]’s Hollywood remake Quarantine – in Spain, the US and the UK by examining the ways in which transnational readings articulate Balagueró’s maxim “think-local-but-act-global-approach” and position the franchise in dialogue with horror film cultures.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Spanish horror film, international horror traditions, horror film cultures, transnational film, film franchise
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 16:52 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 16:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59820 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1356-5054
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