The national specificity of horror sources in Asian horror cinema

Boey, Danny (2012) The national specificity of horror sources in Asian horror cinema. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This dissertation explores the relationship between horror films and the national contexts in which they are produced by analyzing several Asian horror movies – Ringu (Japan), The Eye (Hong Kong) and Shutter (Thailand). Utilizing these films as case studies, the dissertation examines the degree to which genre cinemas are nationally-specific, and the degree to which it is possible to make genre films that can enter international markets and be comprehensible in various national markets as well. The dissertation also makes the following claims on the national specificity of genre cinema: i) The sources of frightening elements in horror films are nationally-specific. ii) There is a regional "Asian" horror because of the intertwining national histories and shared cultural elements across several Asian countries.

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ID Code: 50769
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: McKee, Alan & Flew, Terry
Keywords: Asian horror cinema
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2012 06:59
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:24

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