La memoria traumática en el cine de horror en España: los niños como monstruos
Haverford College. Department of Spanish
Place of Publication
The Manuel J. and Elisa P. Asensio Prize
Table of Contents
This paper uses three Spanish films, El espíritu de la colmena (Spirit of the Beehive, 1973), ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (Who Can Kill a Child, 1976), and El espinazo del diablo (The Devil's Backbone, 2001) to analyze the horror genre's relation to the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship. All three films connect a child character to the monster character typical of the genre in order to trace Spain's transition from dictatorship to stable democracy, each film being informed by the time of its release. The connection between the child and monster also serves as a method to recuperate the memory of Spain's traumatic past and question the standard roles of children in film.