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Using two examples from the genre of horror examine what a ‘classic                      Formatted: Lefthorror’ film is.Th...
First of all, it is necessary to say that these two films were created at differenttimes. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”...
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LeGacy, ArthurA. (1978) “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Metaphor for theFifties.” Literature/Film Quarterly 6.(32), 197...
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  1. 1. Formatted: Justified Formatted: Left: 2.54 cm, Right: 2.54 cm, Header distance from edge: 1.25 cm, Footer distance from edge: 1.25 cm Save The Essay Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 14 pt, Bold Formatted: Centered Rawschan Remus: Project Manager Emily Morgan: Content Creator Yang: Presentation and Design and ResearcherDaniel Baggot: Presentation and Design and Researcher Formatted: Centered Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 14 pt, Bold Formatted: Justified 1
  2. 2. Using two examples from the genre of horror examine what a ‘classic Formatted: Lefthorror’ film is.The horror genre is one of the most popular genres; and we may say that it has Comment [E1]: Added semi colon to break sentence up to make the sentence flow and deleted the wordstarted to develop practically immediately with the development of, show business „and‟ Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12and a free access of wide audience to cinemas and television. We can find a lot of pt Formatted: Line spacing: Double Comment [E2]: Change of wordcauses of the popularity of this genre but it is still not so easy to explain its needed like „almost‟ to make reading the intro flow Comment [E3]: Added word andphenomenon, namely why it is so attractive for people despite all its unreality., comma before list to make reading easierwhen on the other hand However, it would be a great mistake to say that horror Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Comment [E4]: Reference to „we‟movies are plain or even primitive. who are „we‟ Needs for specific references as to whom they are referring too. Comment [E5]: Change of wordingNaturally, tThere are some movies which are really so stereotyped, unbearably and making the simple short sentences into a longer one, with the use of commas makes the reading flow better.plain, and absolutely thoughtless. But in my opinion, it is simply exclusion or films Comment [E6]: Started new paragraph for new point.that were created by specialists who are far from real moviemaking. and Tthey Comment [E7]: Not needed Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12can create nothing but films of low quality regardless its genre. Also I‟d say that as pt Comment [E8]: Need evidence to back up opinionany other branch of art cinema has its genius and its mediocre majority because Comment [E9]: Informal referring to „I‟ Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12good films may be created only by a good crew and the genre is not so important.Among such genius of cinema I would name the crews that worked on two films of Comment [E10]: New paragraph neededhorror genre;, they are “Invasion of Body Snatchers” and “The Thing”. I said Comment [E11]: Makes the reading flow better with added semi colon Comment [E12]: Name of films needcrews, not because I do not want to agree with those who believe that Donald to be in italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12Siegel and John Carpenter were outstanding directors, on the contrary I am glad Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicthat people who worked on these two films were led by such well-qualified Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicprofessionals. So, we may say that “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12Thing” are classics of the horror genre and the best ones. But what I would like to pt, Italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12analyze is the reason why they are treated as such and in which way they are pt, Italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12similar or different. 2
  3. 3. First of all, it is necessary to say that these two films were created at differenttimes. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was created in 1956 the middle 1950s, Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicmore precisely in 1956 whereas ‟‟The Thing’’ was created in 1982. It seems that Comment [E13]: Just exact year is needed Comment [E14]: Punctuation addedsuch time difference should make the films completely different but, strangelyenough, they have a lot of common aspects. That is why at the beginning I wouldlike to dwell upon similarities of both films. First of all, we may say that, to a Comment [E15]: Phrase used too many times, needs something like „secondly‟ to start off sentence.certain extent, the theme is close. Both films focus on the problem of the invasion Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12of human or just alive bodies by some aliens that tends to control the personality,of the hosts actions judgments,. etc. In the case of “Invasion of the Body Comment [E16]: Added word to make reading flow Comment [E17]: „etc‟ not needed, toSnatchers”, we deal with creatures that “has to wait for the perfect moment when vague Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12the target is asleep‟‟), (LeGacey, 1978: p288) and spend the next few hours pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12consuming and taking on that form. If the host wakes up when the process is not pt, Italic Comment [E18]: Wrong punctuationcomplete, the whole procedure is a failure” (LeGacey, 1978: p288). On the other Comment [E19]: Reference needed after quotehand, ’’Tthe Tthing’’ needs just a few minutes to do it because “it can assimilate Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Comment [E20]: Not a quote to usethe host while itsit‟s still conscious, against the host‟s will” (Landon 1993: p39). that punctuation Comment [k21]: I have checked theProbably such changes are caused by the changes of time or epoch. It is obvious source article extensively, and I cannot find this quote anywhere. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12that the rhythm of life in 1980s was much faster than in 1950s, certainly it found its Formatted: Font: 12 pt, Italicexpression in the perception of the idea of possible alien assault or attempts to Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic Formatted: Font: 12 pt, Italicinvade human minds. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic Formatted: Font: 12 pt, ItalicBy the way, I think that both films express the trend that took place in the society, Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12when the idea of total control of a human mind became more and more widely Comment [E22]: Not academic, sounds chattyspread. It means that symbolically by aliensalien‟s creators of the films, tried toimply those powers either political or economical that by different means aimed at 3
  4. 4. the total control of public conscious, through the invasion of the mind of a Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12separate individual. It was quite actual, if we take into account if we take and into Comment [E23]: Repeated use of wordsconsideration the time when both films were released;, 1952, it was the year of Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptthe beginning of the cold war, when the tension between the well-developed Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12democratic world and the communistic Soviet Union grew and the governments ofmany countries, including the most democratic, had started to struggle for thecontrol of public opinion and even each particular individual. SimilarlyAt the same Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12time, 1982 it was a period when the cold war achieved its apologeapology and the Comment [E24]: Not needed, didn‟t happen at the same time, too different times, 1952 and 1982world was on the eve of the ReagansReagan‟s declaration of the war on the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12„empire of evil‟ when the situation was very resembling to that of early 1950s. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12Furthermore, the degree of surveillance grew and specialists began tospeakspoke about the total control of certain organizations over people. In such a Comment [E25]: Incorrect use of wordsituation the people transformed in pods in the horror films I‟ve just named look Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12like a prophecy and warning against such dangerous practice.Onepractice. Onemore thing that makes “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Thing” quite Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicdifferent, is the degree of combination of reality and unreality as I would call it. In Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicmy opinion, at this point “The Thing” is much more radical thing in the sense that Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptthe film is full of fantastic elements and the state of paranoia overwhelms the Comment [E26]: Didn‟t flow when reading Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12audience and keeps people in such a state during the whole film. On the other pt, Italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12hand, in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” it is quite difficult to distinguish whether pt Comment [E27]: Added word to make the reading flow betterwhat we see is real or unreal. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, ItalicPersonally, when I watched both films I had a permanent doubt in the mental Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12health of its main characters, it was quite difficult to say whether it was somethingreally unusual, and extraordinary things that happen to people in the city or it was Comment [E28]: Added word to make the reading flow more than the use of a commaa simple hallucination, illusion, or just a nightmare and only at the end it becomes Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt 4
  5. 5. clear that the whole city was really transformed in pods people. Whereas in “The Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, ItalicThiang” it is evident practically from the very beginning,. eEveryone realizes that Comment [E29]: Wrong spelling Formatted: Font: 12 pt, Italicthe characters act in an unreal situation they really confront some aliens that Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicintend to control their bodies and their minds. Probably, the cause of such a Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicdifference lies in the history of the origin of the films. For we know that “Invasion of Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12the Body SatchersSnatchers” was significantly influenced by proceeding films noir Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Comment [E30]: Sentence notthat tended to externalised the moral conflict of the detective story. Such films needed, doesn‟t fit. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicinhabit “shadow worlds and hover without resolve between the supernatural and Formatted: Font: 12 pt, Italicmundane rationalism.‟‟ (Biskind, 1983: P139) In the same sense “Invasion of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12Body Snatchers” and the other alien takeover films,… psychologically externalised pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicthe central conflict of the alien invader film – they were less films about aliens than Comment [E31]: Wrong use of punctuation ithey were about alienation” (Biskindg, 1983: PP.139). However the director tries Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12to keep us in suspense for a while and inrushes the film with rationalism and pt Comment [E32]: In wrong place, needed after quotationrealism but when the nightmare becomes the reality, he widely uses film noirtechniques such as; shots down tight corridors, silhouettes running against Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptstreetlights, close ups on sweaty faces and, tilted angles. Though he does not Comment [E33]: End of a list, „and‟ used to make the reading flowforget about classical horror films scenes such as, “shots up from under the plank Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptunder which McCarthy and Winter hide, with the pod people crossing calmlyassuring them there is nothing to fear, the wide-angled shots out of the officewindow down onto the public square, which becomes inexplicably frightening themoment all visitors are cleared and the bustle of everyday chaos suddenly turnsinto something ordered and people start organizing the pods to be distributedabout the country” (Biaskind, 1983: p141). Whereas in “The Thing” its creators Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ Subscriptused the experience of past works in the field of horror films and I would say this Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptfilm is purer horror in the sense that the psychological tension here is weakened 5
  6. 6. by a certain simplification, due to which we should not guess whether it is a kind Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptof psychological problems of the characters or a paranormal phenomenon. for thelatter is quite obvious. Comment [E34]: Not relevantAlso I want to add that “The Thing” is much richer in special effects, particularly Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptwhen we see victims of aliens who “transform into twisted versions of themselves, Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ Subscript Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12complete with claws, spider-like limbs, teeth and lots of flailing tentacles” (Landon, pt, Not Superscript/ Subscript1993: p36). And again, I think that this is the result of time changes because in Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscript1980s, due to the development of computer technologies and more sophisticated Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscripttechnical equipment and impressive special effects, it became an essential part of Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptany good horror film pretending to be interesting and popular. Whereas, in 1950s Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptnot only technical opportunities were not so good but the tradition of film shootingwas a bit different. More attention was usually given to psychological side andcould only be enforced by special effects which were not very „special‟ though incomparison with 1980s.As for some more similarities of both “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Comment [E35]: Needs to be pushed up to make a paragraph with previous paragraph.Thing”, we may find not only theme and probably idea of the film but also the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptatmosphere of films. Formatted: Justified, Right: 0.53 cm, Line spacing: Double Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ SubscriptAs I have already said Tthese films deals with the alien intrusion into Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ Subscripthuman life, into the human body, mind and consciousness. These films Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptalso may serve as a warning about the danger of such a situation, of a Comment [E36]: Not relevant to say this. Not academic talk for an essay.total control of human consciousness when people become pods but not Formatted: Right: 2.11 cm, Line spacing: Doublethinking beings. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscript 6
  7. 7. It is reinforced by the reigning atmosphere of tension, even paranoia that makes Comment [E37]: What is reinforced? Need to be more specific Comment [E38]: Needs to be addedus forget about the unreality of the events and deep into the action. It is obvious to previous paragraph. Formatted: Right: 0.53 cm, Linethat creators of these films had similar aims. spacing: DoubleFinally, I would like to add a few words about the way of alien invasion. Comment [E39]: Not needed, just need a new paragraph. Not suitable for academic essay. Sounds too colloquial. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12It may be a bit different by its form but the principle of such invasion remains pt Formatted: Line spacing: Doublesimilar. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptWhat I mean is the fact that certainly aliens in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Comment [E40]: Needs to be no space in between previous sentence, to make one paragraph.and “The Thing” act differently, I have already mentioned that the latter will act Comment [E41]: Sounds to talkative, not academic.rapidly without human will and they can act in any time while the former are quite Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ Subscriptlong reacted beings, they cannot attack men only if they are not asleep. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ Subscript Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic, Not Superscript/ SubscriptBut we see that there areis one common principle in the aliens in these this films, Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Comment [E42]: Added wordsthey attack from inside, to I mean they want invade human bodies and minds, but needed to make sense of the point being madenot their land or, property and, they do not threat directly to their physical wealth. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Not Superscript/ SubscriptIt seems that human inner world is much more important for them than anything Formatted: Line spacing: Double Comment [E43]: Added word to make the reading flow betterelse because they try to control human‟s memory, and consequently our feelings, Comment [E44]: Too talkative, too personal for an academic essayemotions, our state of mind, perception of the world, our present and our past.Moreover, they “have access to the being‟s memories, allowing them to blend inalmost perfectly without being detected by future target hosts who may know theperson who has now been Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptreplaced by these horrible alien creatures”(Gegory, 1972). Thus, we see that Comment [k45]: Again, this quote does not exist in the original article. Formatted: Font: 12 ptunlike many other films about alien invasion “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic“The Thing” pay much more attention to the inner world of people, implying the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicspiritual emptiness that threatens to the people of the 20th century, because in my Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 7
  8. 8. opinion the aliens symbolize all those complicated processes that took place inour society in the 20th century and still continues to exist and that lead to moraldegradation of people to their transformation into pods.Taking into account all above mentioned, I can come to the conclusion that Comment [E46]: Not academic, referring to „I‟ Needs to conclude in a more academic style.“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Thing” are real masterpieces of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italichorror genre and we have perceived them, not only in the proper sense but we Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italicshould also realize what the creators of these films implied. In my paper I havenamed a lot of things that are either similar or different in these films but what is Comment [E47]: Not neededthe most important is the fact that they both were and remain extremely popularand the film that would be better than themthem can be hardly imagined. One of Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptthe evidences of my idea is the fact that there are numerous remakes of thesefilms that, in its turn, tells us about the actuality of the plot, themes and ideasconveyed with the help of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Thing”. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, ItalicThus, I can say that both films should be regarded as classics of the horror genre Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, Italic Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12and their traditions should be continued but not blindly copied that would lead to pt Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12the development and prosperous future of this genre. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 8
  9. 9. References: Comment [E48]: References need to be on separate page. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptBiskind, Peter. “The Mind Managers: Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptParanoid Style in American Movies.” In Seeing Is Believing: How HollyiwoodTaught UsS to Stop Worrying and Love Movies The Fifties. New York: Pantheon,1983.Biskind, Peter. “The Russians Are Coming, Aren‟t They? Them! The Thing, andthe Extremists from Beyond the Center.” In Seeing Is Believing: How HolliywoodTaught UsS to Stop Worrying and Love The FiftiesMovies. New York: Pantheon,Pantheon; NY:, 1983. Comment [k49]: I have been unable to track down any available copies of the books in this reference section, so I cannot even check page numbers, let alone if the quotations used are real. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 ptGregory, Charles. “The Pod Society Versus the Rugged Individualists.” The Journalof Popular Film 1. Winter 1972.Gregory, C.T. (1972). The Pod society versus the rugged individualists.. Journal of Formatted: Justified, Right: 0 cm, Space Before: 0 pt, After: 6 pt, Line spacing: DoublePopular Film and Television. 1 (1), p5-14. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt, English (United Kingdom) Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 Formatted: Line spacing: DoubleLandon, B. „The Thing in All Its Guises: Reconsidering a Science Fiction Classic.‟Chapter 2 of The Aesthetic of Ambivalence: Rethinking the Science Fiction Film inthe Age of Electronic (Re)production. Westport,Greenwood Press ,Westport, CT:,1993. Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt 9
  10. 10. LeGacy, ArthurA. (1978) “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Metaphor for theFifties.” Literature/Film Quarterly 6.(32), 1978.i Bisking 1983 PP.139i Gregory, Charles. “The Pod Society Versus the Rugged Individualists.” The Journal of Popular Film1. Winter 1972. 10

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