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Master of Arts


Film Studies


Dr. Constanza Burucua


This thesis examines representations of monstrosity in the films of Guillermo del Toro. Throughout his oeuvre, he has consistently explored the complex relationship between humans and monsters. Using the concepts of transnational cinema and intertextuality to frame the analysis, the monster will be read in relation to its engagement with references to other texts and the narrative and industrial implications of nations and borders. The eight films directed by del Toro will be analyzed to trace the evolving depiction of the monster while also considering the shifting national contexts of production. From the intimate narratives of his early films to the blockbuster spectacles of his most recent releases, this study suggests that monstrosity functions as a tool to critique the cultural and political contexts of the narrative and, also, to comment on the industrial realities surrounding production.