Dracula(1958) & Gothic Horror

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  • 1. Dracula The Gothic Horror Genre
  • 2. Gothic Horror
    • Part of a ‘tradition’ – literature, German Expressionism, Universal films
    • Certain ‘hallmarks’
    • These change – manipulation, subversion
    • & so on to suit the times/context.
  • 3. Micro Aspects
    • Mise-en-scene?
    • Cinematography?
    • Music?
    • Setting?
    • - Reflecting duality e.g. house vs. cellar (see macro)
    • The double motif & transformation/ binary oppositions
    • What do we look out for?
  • 4. Macro Aspects
    • Themes:
    • Use of fear and anxiety to address social taboos
    • Old (tradition) vs. new (modernity)
    • The subconscious desire vs. the
    • conscious suppression
    • (society, religion e.t.c.)
    • The ‘journey’ between the 2 worlds,
    • narratively & metaphorically.
    • Emotional rather than intellectual
    • response
  • 5.
    • The 2 Worlds?
    • The Diurnal World
    • Light/familiar/conventional
    • Conventions & institutions
    • e.g. The Holmewoods
    • Undertaker?
    • The Nocturnal World
    • Dark/unknown/forbidden
    • Primal urges / stripped of ‘civilisations veneer’
    • e.g. Dracula
  • 6. Analysis 1
    • Watch the ‘where’s Dracula’ sequence and comment on its micro & macro genre features.
  • 7.
    • Use of fear and anxiety to address social taboos
    • Old (tradition) vs. new (modernity)
    • The subconscious desire vs. the
    • conscious suppression
    • (by society, religion e.t.c.)
    • The ‘journey’ between the ‘2 worlds’,
    • narratively & metaphorically.
    • Emotional rather than intellectual response
    • Mise-en-scene.
    • Cinematography.
    • Music.
    • Setting?
    • e.g. Reflecting duality house vs. cellar The
    • Double motif
    • Transformation
    • Binary oppositions
    MICRO MACRO The Gothic
  • 8. Analysis 2
    • Watch the 2 more modern clips, clip 1
    • Supernatural (2008) & Bram Stoker’s
    • Dracula (1992) and:
    • Comment on its micro & macro genre features, how are they used?
    • Comment on similarities & differences between these and Hammer’s Dracula.
  • 9.
    • Use of fear and anxiety to address social taboos
    • Old (tradition) vs. new (modernity)
    • The subconscious desire vs. the
    • conscious suppression
    • (by society, religion e.t.c.)
    • The ‘journey’ between the ‘2 worlds’,
    • narratively & metaphorically.
    • Emotional rather than intellectual response
    • Mise-en-scene.
    • Cinematography.
    • Music.
    • Setting?
    • e.g. Reflecting duality house vs. cellar The
    • Double motif
    • Transformation
    • Binary oppositions
    MICRO MACRO
  • 10. Conclusion?
    • Strong genre features.
      • Importance of?
    • Part of an evolving tradition.
      • How does the film reflect its times?
    • Leading us into – Representation & Themes