Film Essay Plan: Gender/Characters
Refer to the question and discuss gender representation in horror generally.
Discuss differences between British and American horror.
Mention the key texts - including director and year.
Dominant ideology with specific regard to gender representation.
Established classic British Horror. Produced in the 1950s.
Gothic Horror which has strong sexual undercurrents.
Men are strong patriarchal figures – both the antagonist and protagonist.
Arthur and Harker as weaker men – reject supernatural/narrow-minded.
Women are punished for their impurity and sexuality.
Women have to be killed to restore normality.
Goes against dominant ideology and general horror conventions (particularly American
examples). Lack of male characters. All characters are strong females.
Strongest characters are however the more 'masculine' ones.
Women seen as non-stereotypical characters. They are more rounded and have interests other than
just men or shopping. Not 'bitchy' stereotypes.
They fight back. Not waiting for somebody else to help them or save them. They are resourceful.
Ultimately however they all die. Does this affect their representation?
Sarah as maternal – 3 births into the monster and becomes the final girl.
British film characteristics: Pessimistic resolution, character drama, contained location, small scale,
low budget, British creative team, British actors, British iconography - absent.
28 DAYS LATER
Selena as the dominant woman regresses into the damsel in distress
Reversal of Jim and Selena after they become the family unit (collective) with Hannah Frank.
Selena becomes the mother figure to Hannah when Frank dies.
Jim becomes primitive (4 births). First kill of the boy – defends himself. Why a child?
Exploring empty London - childlike
Jim at first rejects masculinity (physically and mentally) but steps up to the role of father/protector
when Frank dies.
Refer to the question. Gender rep is different in all texts.
Speak about the genre and also refer to British and American film.