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. Even though Frankenstein was re-released it kept to the original storyline! In Frankenstein I expected to see characters wearing 18th and 19th century clothing, I expected to see buildings with tall pillars, wooden floors, and stained glass windows! I expected to see something supernatural, or horrifying, because these are the sort of things you would see in the 18th and 19th century.
I did see most of these, which backed up the storyline and made it more realistic. A film needs to be realistic to grab the viewer’s attention, and also to have an effect on the viewer. In Frankenstein I did see the wooden floors, the clothing, I saw buildings with tall pillars, and stained glass windows. Before Victor created the monster, and was gathering the bodies. That was horrifying, watching him stitch together the different limbs off of these corpses.
They were a horrible yellow colour, as if all its insides had been drained away leaving this frail, dis-coloured body. When we read the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, she says that what victor placed his creation in before bringing it to life was ‘coffin’ like. 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 fianci??