Blood Circuits: Contemporary Argentine Horror Cinema

Jonathan Risner
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Professor Jonathan Risner has published Blood Circuits: Contemporary Argentine Horror Cinema (SUNY Press 2018). While Argentina is a dominant player in Latin American film and known for its documentaries, art house films, detective films, and melodramas, the country recently has also emerged as a notable producer of horror films. Film critics often consider why audiences gravitate to horror, and Blood Circuits focuses on contemporary Argentine horror cinema and the various “cinematic pleasures” it offers national and transnational audiences. The book begins with an overview of horror film culture in Argentina and beyond. Subsequent chapters focus on select films grouped according to various criteria: neoliberalism and urban, rural, and suburban spaces; English-language horror films; gore and affect in punk/horror films; and the legacies of the last dictatorship (1976–1983). ​