Zombies in Tondela: Watching I’ll see you in my Dreams (2003)

Rita Martins, José Duarte, Ana Daniela Coelho

Abstract

Abstract

Monsters have attracted our imagination throughout times, even in an apparently rational and pragmatic age such as ours. Being one of the monsters of the new millennium, the zombie is now a permanent figure of popular culture, both embodying society’s most terrible fears and exploring audience’s desire for violent cathartic experiences. Of African origins, the zombie has been popularised by American cinema and spread across cultures and media. Although with no great tradition of horror, Portugal also has an example of the zombiemania that seems to have overtaken the world, the short film I’ll See You In My Dreams (2003, Dir. Miguel Angél Vivas, Prod. Filipe Melo). This article aims at questioning the concept of monster in general terms, then look at the evolution of the zombie as a monstrous figure in particular and, finally, analyse that which is considered the first Portuguese zombie film, contextualising it in relation to global zombie representations.

 

Resumo

Os monstros têm atraído a nossa imaginação ao longo dos tempos, mesmo numa época aparentemente racional e pragmática como a nossa. Um dos monstros do novo milénio, o zombie é uma figura constante da cultura popular, cristalizando os medos mais terríveis da sociedade e explorando o desejo das audiências por experiências catárticas violentas. De origem africana, o zombie foi popularizado pelo cinema americano, tendo-se espalhado a diferentes culturas e meios. Ainda que sem grande tradição de terror, Portugal tem também um exemplo do fenómeno de zombiemania que parece ter tomado conta do mundo, a curta I’ll See You In My Dreams (2003, Real. Miguel Angél Vivas, Prod. Filipe Melo). Este artigo tem como objectivo questionar o conceito de monstro, olhar para a evolução do zombie enquanto figura monstruosa e, finalmente, analisar aquele que é considerado o primeiro filme de zombies português, contextualizando-o relativamente a representações globais do zombie.

Keywords

Zombie; Monster; Portuguese Cinema; Filipe Melo; Miguel Angél Vivas

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