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How do we know Kenneth Branagh(TM)s version of Frankenstein belongs to the horror genre?

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How do we know Kenneth Branagh's version of "Frankenstein" belongs to the horror genre? In the following essay I will examine how Kenneth Branagh's version of "Frankenstein" belongs to the horror genre. I will be looking at how the crucial constituents of horror films are placed in two scenes in the film. There have been more than thirty alterations of "Frankenstein" all of which have been adapted from Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein", The Modern Prometheus (1818). It has become one of the world's most recognisable movie monsters, as typified by James Whale's version of "Frankenstein" in 1931 with Boris Karloff playing the part of the Creature, it has almost always been associated with a flat hair style and omnipresent neck bolts, as a consequence of this film. This film was intended for Bela Lugosi as a follow-up to Dracula, but the latter's feuding with Universal led to them casting Karloff as a substitute. "Frankenstein" has relevance to this date as the message that it conveys; a warning not to play god, is still under debate with cloning animals, humans, organs and also genetic modification. It could also be seen as an allegory for the French revolution, the re-birth of the Creature in conjunction with the re-birth of the country. ...read more.

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A wide shot is used to show the size of an object. Tracking is where the camera follows the character and is used to show movement, build tension and conveys urgency. Point of view shots, when the camera looks at the view of a character to help an audience empathise with them. Rapid editing is when scenes are cut in close succession to insinuate speed and to build atmosphere. The two scenes I am going to concentrate on are the wedding night and the re-animation of Elizabeth, to analyse to what extent Kenneth Branagh's version of "Frankenstein" fits in with the horror genre. The wedding night; Victor and Elizabeth are in the bedroom, the room is lit warmly the predominant colours being red and orange which symbolise the womb and give a false sense of security for the audience. The background music is tranquil and romantic; this further helps the audience to calm down, gradually the audience becomes aware that there is a flute playing alongside the background music. There is a close up of Victor's traumatized face as the realisation that the creature is close by apprehends him. There is dramatic dialogue between Victor to Elizabeth, "Lock the door" This generates a sense of urgency, and bewilders the audience with the abrupt mood change. ...read more.

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As Victor realises the creature is standing watching them. Elizabeth is them made to choose between them, there many close ups of their faces which emphasises the emotions. Close-ups emphasise her depression and sorrow. Elizabeth realises that she looks as repulsive as Victor's creature holds a lantern above her head and breaks it. She sets on fire while running through Frankenstein's mansion ending the chaotic scene by running of the balcony. This scene uses lots of dramatic special effects, for instance the fire that Elizabeth is enclosed in and the corridors of the mansion of fire. These special effects produce a final spectacular climax. Kenneth Branagh's version of "Frankenstein" fits in into the horror genre in many ways he uses: special effects, blood and gore, a supernatural element and different camera angles; however there is a significant difference in his portrayal of the hero and villain. The characters are three-dimensional and realistic. The hero, Dr Frankenstein is flawed in that he is selfishly driven to create a life, which he abandons. The life which he creates is not a villain at first; the events that he experiences guide him to become an evil character. Kenneth Branagh's version of "Frankenstein" is the most faithful of all film productions to Mary Shelley's novel, excluding for the additional changed ending which was added to push box office sales in producing an extravagant climax. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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