Sunday, 23 November 2014

TH Research Into The Horror Genre

Reading Log 1
1. At around the time of the 1960s to the late 1970s, women were presented to, instead of generally playing a vulnerable role, they can protect themselves and potentially find any danger and fight it. This reflects the traditional role taken by men in horror films, so it is now a lot more equal between genders.

2. Stalk and slash horrors tend to involve a juvenile-style, with teenagers engaging in youth-associated behavior which then leads to each being killed of one by one. It is often a rather unlikely plot and not to be taken seriously.

3. The audience of these films would have been teenage boys and young men.

4. The author of the article claims that this sub-genre was highly significant in creating horror's 'most enduring icons' and developed the idea of a sustained narrative in horror franchises.

5. The 'Final Girl' is presented as a repressed teenage girl who is frightened or feels vulnerable around her friend's adult behavior. However it is this vulnerability which leads the plot to conclude with her staying alive whilst all her friends have died, apparently due to her intellect and conscious decisions. Ultimately, the 'Final Girl' changes from a weak/passive girl to a strong/aggressive male. It is her boyish nature and natural competence that lead her to become, essentially, the most successful individual of the story.


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