These elements typically feature violence caused by humans, monsters or supernatural beings. Computer advancements that started to show up in movies in the late 1980s made it possible for film makers to create convincing special effects. Horror film makers used those special effects to make their scenes of violence increasingly graphic. 1980s and 1990s horror were mostly low-budget slasher films. By the 2000s, horror movies typically featured a torture, murder or revenge theme that culminated in visually "horrific"
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is an eventful play that is incorporated with witchcraft. In the time of the Scottish Play, real black magic and paranormal witchcraft was said to be existent. Rumor has it that the play has a curse placed on it from real witches from Shakespeare’s time. The play Macbeth has to do with witches in Shakespeare’s time, how to avoid the curse, and examples of what harm the curse has caused. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, witches had a large influence upon how the story ended up going.
Horror movies and narratives about haunting alter with time, to better illustrate the state of the world and what people fear at the time. “For ghosts, the haunting is the resolving, it is not what needs to be resolved” (Tuck/ Ree: 642). Although the genre of horror has advanced and changed with time, it still mainly portrays the notion of ‘self’ within the context of ‘whiteness’, while the
From fan-made movies to memes, the fandom that surrounds the television show Breaking Bad is one rich in creativity. Like other fan cultures, the Breaking Bad fandom has a way of ‘poaching’ the original text and reconstructing it in order to relay certain ideas and ideologies that may not have been intended. In this essay, I will analyze the fandom that surrounds the television show Breaking Bad, how I participate and interact in this particular replay culture, and how gender roles and norms are reflected in the text, as well as how these ideologies influence me, as a viewer. The media text I will be analyzing throughout this essay is the television drama Breaking Bad by Vince Gilligan. This show depicts the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, who decides to start producing crystal meth with one of his former students after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, in order to
Monster Talk Every ghost story has its historical backstory, but much of the time these historical backstories are not actually based in history. The historical aspect of notorious ghost stories was discussed in the episode of Monster Talk entitled “Historical Ghost Investigations Part I: Kimo/Therapy.” Monster Talk, a podcast hosted by skeptics Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow and presented by Skeptic Magazine, looks at the science of popular monsters, using a critical lens to analyze folklore and legends. In this episode, the hosts are joined by Ben Radford, the editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, as they look at the process of researching ghost stories to determine whether there is any truth behind the myth. The episode approaches
The film, presumably, takes place in the late 1970’s, early1980’s considering when the film was released in 1981 and considering the style of clothing can be linked to similar fashion at that time. This film reinforced the NRM/cult scare that appears in the 1950’s and continues through today. As Neal stated, “in the 1970’s, with the rise of cult scare and intense media scrutiny of NRM’s, nineteen fictional television shows employed elements of the cult stereotype” and “Ticket to Heaven” follows just that, NRM should be something to be afraid of because they brainwash their members and make them into people they are not. The film “Ticket to Heaven” shows stereotypical content that portrays New Religious Movements as negative, brainwashing, evil religious groups that are labeled as cults. They share common stances that are seen in print and digital film media in the 1970s-1980s, as shown in Lynn Neal’s article and Sean McCloud’s article.
They are more than their physical body and entertainment value that plays into these stories of the monstrous figure we read about or watch in movies or television. They represent the fears, anxiety, desires, and fantasies that a culture has. Buy studying the monsters of a particular time, place, or culture, we can understand more about that culture, and
The bond between Macbeth and his wife is not too uncommon and can be seen today as well. The seeds of doubt and immorality can be planted is someone’s thoughts and eat away at their psyche. In this essay I will talk about how the story of Macbeth hasn’t aged that much. Murder is the most evident them in this gruesome story. It is also one that we can see often in the world today.
Rick and Morty follow the fundamental traditions of sci-fi horror, often paying homage to The Ghostbusters, filmmaker David Cronenberg, Nosferatu, and Freddy Kreuger. Although the exhibition pays homage to a vast spectrum of horror and sci-fi, it has a characteristic tendency for a traditional sci-fi sub-genre - cosmic horror. Developed by literary horror enthusiast H.P. Lovecraft, the cosmic horror genre accentuates the horror of what is outside our grasp to comprehend. Similarly to Lovecraft, Rick and Morty utilize cosmos the cosmos as a means to probe into philosophical questions by conceptualizing what hides in the depths of space.
Girlhood is the period of a young girl’s life where she gets to decide what she likes, what she doesn’t like, and who she wants to be. This time is crucial because these decisions, whether progressive or regressive, will help her develop into to a teenager, and then a young woman. But girlhood is being heavily influenced by society’s popular culture, and this influence can prove to be positive or negative for young girls’ futures, as well as the spectating society. Perhaps the biggest and most negative influence on girlhood is the concept of sexualization. This concept can be applied to many aspects of girlhood, but merchandizing and consumerism will be discussed in this paper.