Capítulo II _ Cinema - Cinema

Flesh and Blood: Generic Monstrosities in Contemporary Greek Film

Yorgos Drosos
Ionian University, Greece
Stella Klimatsaki
Ionian University, Greece


As far as Greek cinema is concerned, the last few decades have seen both a rise in genre –including horror- films and the emergence of the so-called (Greek) Weird Wave, a term that refers not to a specific genre as such but rather to an aesthetic (mostly with regard to the stylistic approach but frequently with regard to the subject matter too). Boasting (relatively) big production value and wide media exposure, a lot of films from both these types tend to touch on the concept of the monstrous: the former mostly in a literal sense (zombies, vampires, etc.), the latter in a more metaphorical one (ghastly behaviors of actual humans). Using a semiotic/aesthetic analysis, the proposed paper explores how this shift towards the depiction of the monstrous can be traced in two examples of horror movies (Evil and Evil: In the Time of Heroes) plus in two of the most characteristic pieces of Greek Weird Wave filmmaking (Dogtooth and Miss Violence). Furthermore, the proposed paper explores how these outbursts of monstrosity are generated in the aforementioned films. Lastly, it examines how the monstrous and its representations are finding their way into more mainstream productions and audiences, and how such audiences have become more accustomed to the depiction of the grotesque in contemporary films, genre, “weird” or otherwise.

Palavras-chave Cinema Grego, Monstruosidade, Weird Wave, Filmes de Terror, Filmes de Género.
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