The film The Shining was based off the book of the same name written by accomplished horror author Stephen King. King was inspired to write this novel after spending one night with his wife in Stanley Hotel, also in Colorado. The pair were the only guests staying in the hotel at the time, seeing that it was about to close for the season. In a New York Post article, posted on October 28, 2015, it is said that King had a nightmarish dream of his son screaming and being chased down the halls while at the hotel. And after he finished smoking one cigarette, the idea of the book was firmly set in his
Rudy continued down a long dark hallway with shivers down his little tail. As he walked down the hallway he heard painful cries which resembled the screams he had let out only moments earlier. His first instinct was to sprint out the front door but instead he went into the room where he heard the screams. No one was in there. Rudy then continues to explore the haunted house.
The most fascinating and attractive part of his artwork is the subject matter, which is usually some sort of pun or play on concepts (Vadebouncoeur). His rendering is somewhat simple, which highlights the subject matter. Holland often morphs other body parts or animals with the human figure. The darkness and distortion of his work is levelled out by the humor in his subject matter. For example, in his piece “The Metaphysician”, the coloring is dark and but the symbolism is light (Holland).
Music and sound helps create the theme of Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride by expressing the scene and it helps create certain moods/tones. Tim Burton uses lighting, music and sound two of the many cinematic techniques to help create the general or central theme of his films. The theme don’t judge someone or something based on how it looks fits perfectly in “Edward Scissorhands.” For example, the town that Peg lives in is bright and cheerful looking but that’s because the lighting makes it seem that way. In fact, on the outside it seems perfect, but in reality though, the town is hateful and
With Rear Window (1954), Alfred Hitchcock proved himself to be one of the best directors of suspense thrillers filled with mystery and humour. He himself called the film his most cinematic one because it was told only in visual terms (Morrow), but it was also a challenging “editing experiment” as the entire film was shot from one place, Jeff’s apartment that overlooked his backyard. The Film follows L.B. Jeffries “Jeff” (James Stewart), a photographer confined to a wheelchair in his apartment after breaking his leg at work. He spends his days watching his neighbours and eventually suspects that one of them killed his wife.
Dumbledore flew over toothed battlements, got off the broomstick, Harry landed next him only a few seconds later. He looked in all directions, no one was on astronomical tower. “Is it really the Dark Mark?” Harry lifted his eyes to green skull, snake tongue glistening repulsively on the night sky above them. He shivered. “Are Death Eaters in Hogwarts?
In John Steinbeck’s infamous novella, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck decides to play with many themes throughout his terse novella and voices in his own opinions, such as how temporary dreams and goals are futile if they are not consistently sought out, and symbolizes them in the form of a tiny bunkhouse. This long, rectangular bunkhouse in California had a very dilapidated demeanor to it, having an unpainted floor and colorless walls—and each ranchman having their own apple box filled with clutter, and only conversing together at the table in the center of the house. (17) Even though there was a bigger example of segregation in the novella, the separation of the lives of each man within the bunkhouse is another supporting element of that theme
The novella Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka tells the story of Gregor, a traveling salesman, who one day wakes up to find himself a massive, monstrous insect-like creature, an explanation for which is never provided, leaving him in a position where he can’t really do much anymore because of his looks. In Gregor’s family life, before the bug situation happened. He was the sole provider who took care of the family. Including his weak, dependent father, his mother and sister. Who ignored him when he was stuck in his room as a cockroach while he died covered in trash and lonely.
A Not So Ghostly Ghost Story “The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…” These short two sentences by the infamous writer Fredric Brown are enough to hook a reader head to toe and suck one into the black hole that is a horror story. The very kind of story that Mark Twain’s tale, A Ghost Story, mocks. A Ghost Story is a short story about a man who buys a room that had been uninhabited for many years. On the first night of his stay he finds mysterious happenings are afoot as the place is haunted by a ghost, in particular, the ghost of the Cardiff Giant.
In the book of “Dracula,” by Bram Stoker, the villain is the mysterious count and vampire, Dracula. Firstly, Dracula, like Frankenstein, is left alone and doesn’t talk to people often. On page 46, one of the fair ladies that visited Dracula pointed out that he didn’t know how to love anyone. This must have been because he lived alone in his castle with very few guests. “You yourself never loved; you never love!”, she said.