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Compare the creation scene in Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein" (1931) to Kenneth Brannagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1993). Explain how each extract builds up a sense of horror and creates an impression of Frankenstein's and the monsters character

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Media Assignment Horror Compare the creation scene in Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein" (1931) to Kenneth Brannagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1993). Explain how each extract builds up a sense of horror and creates an impression of Frankenstein's and the monsters character Genres are various forms or identifiable types, categories, classifications or groups of films or most media types. The main genre types are:- * Action/Adventure * Comedy * Crime (Gangster) * Drama * Epics * Horror * Musicals * Science Fiction * War * Western Genre benefits the film industry because it classifies/categorises the type of film which the film industry are required to make. It benefits the audience because they are usually expecting the genre of film and this will result in fewer complaints from the audiences, as they are prepared for the viewing. I have seen several films belonging to the Horror genre. E.g. The Haunting, Scream 1, 2 and 3, The Exorcist, The Poltergeist. Horror films deal with our most primal nature and its fears: Nightmares, our Vulnerability, our Alienation and our Terror of the Unknown, Death, and Para normality, Monsters, Blood and Religion are typical elements that make up a horror film. ...read more.

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The thunder and lightning are to do with nature and also the supernatural as they can be seen as horrific. Thunder and lightning are stereotypical elements of a horror film. Infrequent thunder sounds are heard, this creates tension for the viewer. The lightning usually strikes when movement or raising of voice occurs. The majority of the cuts are very fast apart from when the table with the monster on is being elevated. This shot is one of the main focusing points throughout the scene and Boris Karloff has shown this by making it the longest shot in the scene. It is also one of the few low angle shots throughout the scene making this an outstanding shot. Every shot in the scene is a straight cut. The fast cuts convey a sense of urgency and tension. No special effects are used in the scene. Very few low angle shots are used compared to the amount of high angle shots used. The low angle shots sometimes show power and authority, for example when Victor Frankenstein is talking to the other doctor. ...read more.

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In this scene, Dr Frankenstein brings the monster to life and tries helping it to stand up when he kills it unintentionally. Very few words are said throughout the scene which are the typical aspects of a Horror film but, as there is only one human viewed throughout the scene it is quite obvious that not a lot of dialogue is expected. Each shot is very short and has a straight cut. The only special effects are used at the monster's birth where it squeezes out of its cage. There are lots of close-ups and medium shots on Victor. You are given the impression that the monster is weak and feeble. Frankenstein gives the impression of being a very unlucky and distraught person as the monster dies. Both films fit in the category of Horror, however Kenneth Branagh's version is much more like a Horror film to me as it includes action and excitement. Kenneth Branagh's version was a big budget film whereas the 1931 version was not. It also includes music and special effects whereas the 1931 version does not. This is why Kenneth Branagh's version is my favourite. By Jack Sanders 10F ...read more.

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