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Tutorial. Demonstrate in-depth and critical understanding of a media genre.. Medium = film. Genre = horror – prototypical genre. Sub-genres and hybrids = teen . slasher. ; thriller; torture-porn. Conventions (common features) = female victims, final girl, monstrous . ID: 251065

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2.4 Horror Genre

Tutorial

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Demonstrate in-depth and critical understanding of a media genre.

Medium = film

Genre = horror – prototypical genre

Sub-genres and hybrids = teen

slasher

; thriller; torture-porn

Conventions (common features) = female victims, final girl, monstrous

villian

, isolated settings, religious iconography, subjective camera, phallic weapons

Developments = audience expectations, representations of women, technology such as

cgi

, graphic nature of violence and sex

Implications = effects on audience or society, effects on censorship, imagery related to war or social unrest, the future of this genre – where to from here?

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Background and influences to horror films

Gothic literature (Dracula and Frankenstein) – representing man’s deepest fears and fear of what humanity can create; monstrous killers

Film developments and early horror films of the 1920’s (The Cabinet of Dr

Caligari

,

Nosferatu

, Dracula, Frankenstein); black and white and silent films which presented universal fears and/ or desires.

Influence of WW2 and Vietnam and the imagery of violence and death on television / cinema screens

Influence of audience expectations, changing censorship standards, development of societies values, morals, attitudes.

Influence of civil rights, feminism, back-lash to feminism, recessions and periods of economic boom.

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‘Life course of genres’…

Remember that Thomas Schatz suggested in his 1981 book

Hollywood Genres

that genres have a life course, evolving through four distinct stages:

Experimental stage – during which conventions are isolated and established

Classic stage – where the conventions reach their ‘equilibrium’ and are mutually understood by the artist and audience

Age of refinement – during which certain stylistic or formal details embellish the form

Baroque (or mannerist, or self-reflexive) stage when the form and its establishments are accented to the point where they themselves become the ‘substance’ or ‘content’ of the work.

An examiner will be impressed if you mention Schatz’s ideas and are able to analyse how relevant they are to your

genre.

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Exam Questions

Choose

ONE

media genre that you have studied.

Use information about this genre to write about

ONE

of the following options.

 

EITHER

-

Discuss

the significance of ONE

development

in your chosen media

genre

.

OR

-

Discuss

the significance of unique

conventions

in your chosen media

genre

.

 

OR

-

Discuss

the significance of

audience expectations

in your chosen media

genre

 

Your discussion must include:

Supporting evidence from at least TWO media texts and /or other source(s)

Possible implication(s) and /or effect(s) for the genre

.

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(A) Discuss the significance of ONE development in your chosen media genre.

Identify ONE important development in the horror genre.

Production quality

– technology such as cameras and editing equipment – digital technology / CGI – computer generated images

Role / Representation of women

in horror films – females in modern horror are tougher, they fight back (smart and strong, more independent), more promiscuous (Tatum and Tina- even Sidney in Scream sleeps with Billy), Marion is weak in Psycho –she cowers in the shower and feebly defends herself. She is also easily tempted by the $40,000 dollars which she steals –showing a moral weakness.

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(Option B) Discuss the significance of unique conventions in your chosen media genre.

Write about

TWO

conventions used in

MOST

horror films you have studied.

State the convention clearly.

Explain the

significance

of that convention.

How was it used? Give examples from TWO films.

Why was it used? Give examples from TWO films.

What is the effect / implication / consequence of it being used?

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(C) Discuss the significance of audience expectations in your chosen media genre

Identify

TWO

audience expectations in horror films.

Violence / gore / graphic scenes and sex

To be shocked and frightened

Write about violence and graphic scenes in one paragraph.

HOW and WHY are these audience expectations met by the directors of THREE films you have studied? What are the implications / effects /consequences of these audience expectations?

Write about the expectation of being frightened and shocked in another paragraph.

HOW and WHY are these audience expectations met by the directors of THREE films you have studied? What are the implications / effects /consequences of these audience expectations

?

Conclusion = Write about the implications / consequences / effects of these audience expectations.

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