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The Horror Genre - The Bride of Frankenstein. Can we determine genre from mise-en-scene alone?

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The Horror Genre - The Bride of Frankenstein Can we determine genre from mise-en-scene alone? A horror film is a film dominated by elements of horror. This film genre underestimates a number of sub-genres and repeated themes, such as slashed themes, vampire. Horror films are designed to frighten and panic that cause dread and alarm within our hearts, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying and shocking endings at the same time entertaining us with excitement and therapeutic experience. Most horror films are designed to show the dark side of life, the forbidden and strange events that take place within the society and our lives. Moreover they deal with our most primal nature and its fears: our nightmares. Some horror films exhibit a substantial amount of cross-over with other genres, particularly science fiction when the monster or creature is related to a corruption of technology, or when Earth is threatened by aliens. Horror films are familiar with their own styles and their own special effects, such as the gothic style which set in spooky old mansions, castles, or fogy and dark shadowy areas. We can relate horror movies to German expressionists which were the silent films in black and white. The German expressionists film were highly stylized type of film with different styles of oblique camera angels, distorted bodies and shape that matched the incongruous settings that gave the gothic effects. ...read more.

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and sets Frankenstein free to rejoin his wife Elizabeth. The film its self contains sets of horror conventions but also other genre elements which are added to the film to make it even more realistic and more entertaining for the audiences to watch. As an audience we can easily and straightway become aware of that type of genre the film belongs to. The dark settings and the unusual shadows and the oblique camera angles all suggest that this is a horror film. The beginning of the film is very interesting and very powerful as we enter the house we are shown a shot from the outside view were the rain and the lightening make the house/ castle almost like 'Haunted House on the Hills' that stand out from its surroundings. The use of the dark stormy night clearly shows that this movie contains horrifying scenes that may disturb us due to the frightening gothic music which is played in the background. The composer of this movie Franz Waxman cleverly used the music at each scene effectively with the right mood and sound in order to give the audience intimation on what is going to happen next. The lightning is also used very effectively and is highly stylized in its use of heavy contrast between light and dark creating a dramatic shadow which makes the film even more exciting and entertaining as it feels to us that we are seeing the shadow of the monster but the characters in the film can not. ...read more.

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Moreover there is more to the characters as there is the comic highlights which are Pretorius' miniature people in glass jars (a king madly in love with the queen trying to get out of his jar, an archbishop wildly whistling at the king to stop, a devil, a mermaid and a ballerina), the Monster drinking wine and smoking cigars, and a couple of scenes involving the burgomaster. Another such comic character is Una O'Connor's Minnie, a kind of Cassandra, whom nobody believes when she warns of the Monster. Even Pretorius can sometimes be funny, when he utters his running gag line, "It is my only weakness.". In conclusion the film itself can easily be identified as a classic horror film. This is because of the use of oblique camera angels and the use of dark lightening and shadows within the film. The film also contains violence and science fiction which most horror movies relate to as the monster or creature is the cause this force or experiment. The ending of the film is very interesting it is not a typical Hollywood ending as the bride refuses to get with the monster. This leads him to commit suicide and kills himself and the bride with his and her creator. However there are other elements of other genres as Henry and Elizabeth finally are reunited together; this showed the other side of the film as it contained romance. By Daroon Hamdi Monday 4th October 04 Daroon Hamdi ...read more.

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