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Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.001.0001

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Nordic Vampires: Stories of Social Exclusion in Nordic Welfare States

Nordic Vampires: Stories of Social Exclusion in Nordic Welfare States

(p.203) 14. Nordic Vampires: Stories of Social Exclusion in Nordic Welfare States
Nordic Genre Film

Outi Hakola

Edinburgh University Press

Nordic vampire films, comprising films produced in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, are not a coherent or regular phenomenon. Although they are familiar with and even borrow the conventions of Anglo-American vampire lore, their features often differ from the international horror mainstream in specifically Nordic ways. Rochelle Wright (2010: 56, 67) describes Nordic cases as being characterised by a fusion or hybridity of genres, including both the Anglo-American horror genre and Nordic socio-psychological drama, and argues that as a consequence, in Nordic vampire films the supernatural merges with realism. Internationally most vampires are social outcasts whose blood-desire and unnatural relationship with death mark them as evil, yet the Nordic vampires are not necessarily evil, but sympathetic characters whose social exclusion is often unrelated and prior to their vampirism (Wright 2010: 59).

Keywords:   Vampire, Sexuality, Gender Equality, SOCIAL EXCLUSION

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