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The Descent and Urbanoia


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The Descent and Urbanoia

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The Descent and Urbanoia

  1. 1.  A subgenre of horror  Deals with the collision of two cultures (past and present)  WildernessVS Modernity  As the group diminishes the character that is usually deemed to be the weakest prevails and hunts the hunters  The sole survivor of modernity stumbles back into civilisation bloody and traumatised.
  2. 2.  The Hills Have Eyes (Wes Craven, 1977)  WrongTurn (Rob Schmidt, 2003)  Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)  The Descent makes several references to Deliverance throughout the film, creating intertextual links that foreshadow the narrative.
  3. 3.  Watch the opening scene (6-19 mins)  What elements of genre iconography does this scene have?What does this mean in the narrative?  How are the characters represented in this sequence?  What does the landscape represent?  How can you apply Levi Strauss theory of Binary oppositions to this scene?  Throughout this scene think HOW these elements are shown.What micro elements are used etc…
  4. 4.  What are some of the ways in which the films you have studied for this topic are typical of their genre?  What other scenes might you be able to use to write about “The Descent”?  What scenes from “The Horror of Dracula” would you be able to use?  What theories could you use to compare the two?