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How does Kenneth Branagh create an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene?

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How does Kenneth Branagh create an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene? In this essay we were set to find out how Kenneth Brannagh's version of Frankenstein creates an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene. I will focus on four main sequences and analyse them thoroughly, this will be done by showing what the audience sees and hears. The first sequence I am going to analyse is the first one in this scene. This sequence is where Victor and Elizabeth are kissing on the bed. In this little frame not a lot happens, but the things that do happen give us little clues to what is going to happen further on. The frame starts of by Victor and Elizabeth kissing on the bed having a good time like any normal couple. But then Victor notices that there is a flute being played, by the monster. Although Victor knows that the monster is out there playing the flute, Elizabeth just thinks it a person outside playing some music for his or her own amusement. Because Victor knows the monster is outside, he starts to take action, what he does is that he gets out of bed, takes his coat and gun and heads toward the door. ...read more.

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When the atmosphere is silent it make the audience think that something bad is going to happen. This is because in most horror movies when it is silent, it gives you the impression something bad is going to happen. Then all of a sudden, the bad thing happens. And there is a flash of thunder and lightening and usually a monster appears. I think the use a silence is good in this sequence because it in a way creates suspense. Another thing could be because Elizabeth had an inquisitive look on her face. She lies back and looks almost like she's waiting for something to happen. Although this sequence happens very quickly, it seems like when Elizabeth is on the bed it takes a lot longer than it actually does, I think this may be because the audience must be so anxious to what going to happen next, they just can't bear it. The third sequence of events I am going to analyse is when the monster has his hand over Elizabeth's mouth. Unlike in the previous sequence I analysed this one alone takes very long. This scene alone is probably the longest and is also very intense and frightening. ...read more.

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Then the thing that Victor least desired happened, the monster pulls out Elizabeth's heart and she dies. Although this frame may seem to be a bit frightening at first, we then think it is not. This may be because we knew something is going to happen anyway. I think this scene may give you a little shock when he pulls her heart out, because it is still beating, I think when the heart is beating it may make some people fell sick, but not frightened. When he is holding her heart, he stretches his arm out, and makes it look dramatic. I think this because it reminds me of an olden day play where a person sticks their arm out when talking about something emotional. (Used in shakesphere plays). In this scene the music being played is very loud, intense, and quick. I think that when he rips her heart out it makes the audience feel and think that the monster is very powerful, because a normal person would not even have the strength to pierce through someone's skin, let alone their heart. The conclusion I have come to is that Branagh has used lighting and sound effects as well as good techniques, such as raising and lowering tension to create a great movie of horror and suspense 1 ...read more.

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