It is easy to find believers who say religion is their salvation; it is much more difficult to find people who will say it is their damnation. Directors do not seem to have a problem profaning religion- monster movies have long used religion as an inspiration for their terrifying creations. Of those movies, few have had more thrilling success than the vampire genre. In contrast, zombie movies rarely draw on religious inspiration, preferring to stay firmly grounded in the realm of science fiction. I will examine the religious dimension of the creation of zombies and vampires, analyze the role religion plays in the resolution of the films, and conclude with a few remarks about the genres as a whole.
James Whaley is an English born director whom participated in several films for Universal studios where he eventually took up the task of directing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel following the popular release of Dracula that same year. The success of Frankenstein was rooted in it’s genre being a horror film and the immediate success it brought to movie producers. The interpretation by Whaley is highlighted by several plot transitions which are not shown in the movie as well as certain alterations like Henry Frankenstein (Victor in the book) using a criminal brain rather than any other brain collected as implied by Shelley. Other major differences in the plot of the movie compared to the novel involves the monster Frankenstein himself and everything about the character. In the movie Frankenstein is portrayed as an impulsive monster only capable of fulfilling his most physical and animal like actions.
Many of the stories written during the Gothic Era include supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and witches. Along with supernatural creatures, paranormal activity was introduced during this period. Dracula includes many supernatural beings that play an important role in the story. Dracula is about a vampire named Count Dracula. At the time, people didn't much about supernatural creatures.
Del Toro and Hogan explanation for the appeal of vampires in contemporary culture is described that vampires are sensual and liberated creatures who live forever. Vampires were shown as cannibal creatures who still live off of human blood and need for human lust. Anyhow, the appeal has changed through time and geography since it now comes in multiple structures, for instance, “soap opera storylines, sexual liberation, noir detective fictions, etc.” (Del Toro and Hogan, par. 11). The appeal of vampires has remained consistent in the style by which society is up until now fascinated with the possibility of
It is influenced by countless ideas, including religious themes around this time period, and usually reflects on the characteristics of the people living in the Victorian era. For example, a large number of people would like to be surrounded in a world containing plenty of mystery and suspense. Then again, a supernatural force can show what someone might or might not want to become. On top of that, a doppelganger in gothic literature definitely represents who the reader should avoid being. As a result, gothic horror is important to a reader because of how it can connect to their lives in a certain way.
One of genre of films are always liked by the audience from the beginning until now is a zombie film (Thriller, horror). Since old time, there are many producers that choose to zombie genre for their films. There are a lot of movies with the zombie genre got success. Some of them are iZombie and Train to Busan. Although both films have the same genre which in both films there are zombies, but basically both these films have many differences.
Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
Vampires have been a common monster used in horror literature; dating back to the 18th century. These creatures have been able to make an identity for themselves within the genre. For years authors have been able to take the essence of the vampire’s identity and ability by turning it into something new. The reinvention allows for there to be a fresh new take on the vampire’s identity and ability. The original template for a vampire has been created through Bram Stokers, Dracula.
Despite this, the idea of the Demon being of bad nature is just the surface description of the character since he “sowed evil without enjoyment”. This creates a new depth to the character and begins to highlight the idea that he isn 't content with the way he is “living” and seeks something deeper. As the story develops, we begin to see that the Demon is motivated to cause terror by very real, human characteristics and begins to project them. The Demon has the desire to break free of his isolation and sees the chance to do so when he is captivated by his love interest
Vampires and Zombies Reborn “Cursed By a Bite”, by Matt Kaplan from the book Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters (2012), explores the history of vampires and zombies and how they relate to actual events. This paper will show the effectiveness of the author’s use ethos, pathos, and logos and how the text fulfills its purpose for a historical and scientific audience. Throughout this paper the reader is shown how effective Matt Kaplan’s text Cursed By a Bite is. Matt Kaplan’s text is for an audience that is interested in a scientific explanation of the origins of mythical monsters with the use of historical context. Some of the historical context in the text Cursed By a Bite includes when Kaplan references the plague that spread through Europe, the history of garlic in many cultures, and historical accounts of cases of rabies.