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Write a discursive essay, looking at two or three films from either a personal selection or class collection, representative of different aspects of the genre. Your essay should discuss the 'gothic' or 'horror' genre as a whole

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Media Assignment Task: Write a discursive essay, looking at two or three films from either a personal selection or class collection, representative of different aspects of the genre. Your essay should discuss the 'gothic' or 'horror' genre as a whole, concentrating on the characteristics that make up the genre and using your films as examples to illustrate any points made: The term 'gothic' means literature in style, popular in the 18th and 19th century with supernatural or horrifying events. It is also to do with architecture, example: gothic buildings have tall pillars, and if you were to imagine a gothic building you would see a tall building with large pillars, gargoyles, and pointed windows. These are our stereotypical aspects of a gothic surrounding. The gothic genre has been popularised by the use in modern films and books. Frankenstein was re-released on video, starring Robert De Niro, which encouraged people to watch it, because it stars someone famous that they know. I found the film both interesting and touching. If someone was to choose to watch the old or new version, I think that most people would choose the new one, as we seem to go for the modern things. ...read more.


This gave out the effect and set your imagination wild. Then when I watched the film, I expected to see the coffin like tomb, and they did have it, which I was happy about because when you read the book, the film needs to meet all the expectations of the book, the film did meet all my stereotypical views. It describes the monster to detail, as it says:- his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath: His hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing, his teeth of a pearly whiteness: but these luxuriance's only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes that seemed almost the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips! The film Frankenstein is about a man named Victor Frankenstein who lives in the country and moves to Inglostadt to continue his scientific experiments and studies. He left behind all his family and his fianc´┐Ż Emily. Victor collects dead corpses so that he can rebuild a human and bring it to life. ...read more.


I found Frankenstein thrilling yet touching. In class we watched a film called the lost boys, which is about, a family that move to Santa Carlos, which happens to be swarming with vampires. One of the boys called Michael gets turned into a vampire, so they have to destroy the head vampire for Michael to return to normal. They suspect that the man called max, his mum id dating is the head vampire so they invited him round to test if he is a vampire by using all the traditional things such as: garlic, direct sunlight, holy water, if he has a reflection, etc... Max passed all of these test but they didn't realise that these things do not affect a vampire if you invite him into your house. They managed to get them to come to his house un-invited so that they could kill them, the first one they kill by staking it through the heart, the second one they kill by pushing him into a bath of holy water and garlic, the third was killed by being pushed back on spikes, which staked him through the heart. The fourth, which was thought to be the head vampire was electrocuted ...read more.

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