(Loch Ness) Monster Movie: A Return to Primal Scotland

David Martin-Jones

in Scotland: Global Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651207 | DOI:
(Loch Ness) Monster Movie: A Return to Primal Scotland

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This chapter examines the Loch Ness monster movie, an incarnation of the monster genre completely ignored in academic discussions of Scotland and cinema. It begins with a brief overview of the history of Nessie, including its relationship with tourism and the ways in which the early British Nessie movie The Secret of the Loch (1934) used the monster to assess the relationship between England and Scotland. This theme is pursued throughout the rest of the chapter, for the majority of which the focus is on Loch Ness (1996), analysing its contested status in terms of the national identity offered by this U.S./British coproduction to international viewers. Through comparison with other globally peripheral films like Crocodile Dundee (1986) and contemporary U.S. monster movies Jurassic Park (1993), Anaconda (1997), and Lake Placid (1999), Loch Ness is positioned in a broader, global context. Its deliberate appeal to international markets is highlighted, bringing discussion back to the monster's relationship with tourism, a theme which leads into the concluding discussion of The Water Horse (2007).

Keywords: Loch Ness monster; Scotland; cinema; monster movies; tourism; The Secret of the Loch; England; Loch Ness; Crocodile Dundee; The Water Horse

Chapter.  10172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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