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This site is dedicated to the BA/Leverhulme-funded SRG project entitled “Djinns of Post-millennial Turkish Cinema: Transnational Horror, Folklore and Cultural Politics“, which focuses on the post-millennial emergence of the horror genre in Turkish cinema. Investing in the djinn, one of the key figures in Anatolian folklore, Turkic/Turkish shamanism and Islamic mythology, Turkish horror films tell paranormal stories of witchcraft, black magic, demonic possession and exorcism. Adopting a transnational style that appropriates various aesthetic modes from Asian and American horror, the Turkish horror genre uses djinns to narrate stories that represent conflicted relations of gender, kinship and property in contemporary Turkey. Ranging, thematically and stylistically, from found-footage “techno-horror” to “horror dramas” of grief, revenge, jealousy and class conflict, Turkish horror movies cite folklore and religion to represent the contemporary crises of gender politics and kinship relations in post-secular Turkey. This project explores this genre formation by locating it within a critical framework informed by both the national political context, and the international mobility of paranormal horror narratives in world cinema.

Through this platform, I would like to share publicly available information on paranormal/folk horror film cultures from various national contexts and scholarly practices, and to circulate information on the project’s progress and the events organised as part of it.  

Cüneyt Çakırlar, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom