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Sedgwick, Laura: "Islands of Horror. Nazi Mad Science and the Occult in Shock Waves (1977), Hellboy (2004), and The Devil’s Rock (2011)." In: Post Script 37.2/3 (2018), S. 27–39. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: English
BibTeX citation key: Sedgwick2018
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Keywords: "Hellboy", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Horror, Mignola. Mike, Nazism, USA
Creators: Sedgwick
Collection: Post Script
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Abstract
This article looks at the representation of the island within the Nazi-themed films Shock Waves (1977), Hellboy (2004) and The Devil's Rock (2011). These films all feature the island as a site of creation or containment, where the Nazis use the occult or scientific experimentation as a means of building or concealing secret weapons. The range of genres presented in these films covers comic book adaptations, science fiction and horror. Both Hellboy and The Devil's Rock are set during the latter stages of the war, while Shock Waves exhibits a contemporary setting. The films depend on the isolation provided by islands and here they use a wild, untameable terrain to underscore the barbarism of the demons and zombies conjured up by the Nazis. The structures present on the islands—an abandoned hotel, a ruined Gothic abbey, and a fortress—create a contrast with the mine-strewn beaches, thick undergrowth and primordial jungles encircling the islands. In the discussion that follows the representation of the island will be considered through the use and design of the narrative spaces, the choice of the island as a site of occult power or scientific transgression and the importance of the island's separation/ isolation.
  
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