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IMPORTANT - USE YOUR OWN WORDS AND IDEAS. Credit any material copied from another source. Any project with plagiarized material will be failed.

ESSAY ( 5-6 pages) – USING A CLASS FILM (or films) with clear examples, choose ONE of the following topics

1. In what ways do movie monsters represent the “Other”? Focus on the possible meaning in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and use three clear examples.

2. What kind of sociological commentary is offered by the various monsters in horror films? Use three examples from class films.

3. How is the little girl, and her relationship with the little boy, in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN unusual in terms of horror films? Is it a good relationship or is she using him? Give three examples from the film that prove your position.

4. How has comedy been used throughout the history of the horror film? Give three clear examples from one class film.

the names of the movies:

1. Dracula

2. night of living dead

3. carrie 1976

4.the shining

5. let the right one in

REQUIREMENTS: PDF or Word Docs only, approximately 750 to 1000 words (not including bibliography), MLA format, double-spaced, 12 pt font, at least one source other than class notes or films, cite all sources at point of usage, include a bibliography.

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Name Withheld The Monster and his Social Commentary Monsters scare us, but even more importantly they tell something about us. There is something very specific about them that relates to us and why they scare us. There are classic monsters and monsters that are being created from our very own present fears and societal issues as being even more socially significant. Although there are many monsters in many films, two stand out. The Romero Zombie, created in 1968, in the movie Night of the Living Dead and the Host, created in 2006, communicate social commentary of their society’s mentalities and fears. The Romero Zombie connects itself to the social events of the times and how the population thinks at the time. During “Night of the Living Dead” it ponders who the actual monster is. The zombies were the obvious monsters, but the people were also acting in their regular selfish and mindlessly aggressive ways to bring society to this point. People have had many different suspicions of the social commentary in this film for years. The zombie packs wandering around aimlessly, in a daze, were suspected to represent the American Society during the Vietnam War. But, in Romero’s interview he painted a different picture. “I didn't think of them as zombies. It was the '60s, man; we were just smoking and talking about politics. It was about revolution. I wanted to see what happened on that first night and how people dealt with it.” (Walters, "Simon Pegg interviews George Romero") This may be different from what is sometimes interpreted but each give a strong comment about the society during that time. The zombies also excite the remaining population of humans with their flesh-eating habit to act in the strongest examples of social commentary. The people would rather fight over the television to communicate with than talk civilly to the person next to them to try to survive. Romero also played off the scare of the Cold War that society was feeling. The zombies had the survivors feel the paranoia of being isolated and an ominous apocalyptic mood, which was exactly how it was during that time. Their actions surely did them in. They did not communicate with each other, they let their pride dictate their actions and shoot down everyone else’s idea, be it good or not, and they did not trust in each other to follow through or back up any plans they did agree to act upon. They also followed blindly with what the government said. The government could also be misconstrued to be another monster in this film. Because of their actions of doing nothing acting like they knew everything, many died. They just kept having meetings about what was going on, instead of doing anything, while people died around the country. The people would just sit and wait to hear what the government had to say, when they knew just as much as the people, if that much for having no contact with the zombies. The zombies stated a lot about the mindset of the times and incited the survivors to paint a vivid picture of the society of the times who were being their own monsters. “The Host” by Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, creates social commentary with the creation of his monster and how it affects the people of Korea, and this “loser family” more particularly, as being “the first legitimate anti- American Korean film” (http://www.cineaste.com/articles/an-interview-with-bong-joon-ho.htm). The creation of the monster is revealed in the opening scene. An American scientist orders, without much regard for its affects or concern for what it’ll do to the Han River, a Korean employee to empty out an enormous quantity of formaldehyde down the drain and straight to the Han River. Joon-ho says that he based this off a real event that happened six years ago. At a U.S. facility in Seoul, an American soldier ordered a Korean to dump 400 bottles of formaldehyde. It was called the McFarland case and created a great uproar in Korea. The American officer was tried in Korea and found guilty in absentia. Because of this American scientist in the movie the monster is created and hundreds die at the hands of this American mistake. When the monster comes to be more public the government quarantines all who come in contact with it because they think it is a host of an incurable virus. The director has explained that a possible interpretation for this could be the United State’s presence in Korea is like a virus. Also, that the family the film focuses on is being oppressed by the virus, being the United States, or by the monster, which was a problem created by America. With the government taking so many precautionary measures because of this virus it also deals with how much the Korean people should trust the government to decide what is best with their well being. The characters are constantly questioning the doctors and nurses about the real dangers of this virus, if there even is a virus. Even more directly fought by the Korean people, by scores of demonstrators, was America’s direct intervention into the situation after the death of one American soldier. They release “Agent Yellow” to stun the monster and destroy it. This is a reference to “Agent Orange” which was released by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War which harmed the people of Vietnam from the dioxins it contained. America is continually portrayed as these bullies who don’t care about the people of Korea or any affect their decisions have on them as much as just getting things done. “The Host” and “Night of the Living Dead” not only communicate social commentary to the audience, but also gives great insight. The directors showed how the actions of the monster were influenced by the people, in some cases directly. Also, how the monster incited the people to act tell of the people’s way of thinking and their attitude toward their surrounding situation and environment. Monsters could not be created without people’s fears, mistakes, and irrationality to create them. Bibliography 1) Horror Film Directors, 1931-1990 by Fischer, Dennis., 1991 2) Screams of Reason, by Skal, David. 1998 3) http://www.cineaste.com/articles/an-interview-with-bong-joon-ho.htm 4) http://www.kpbs.org/blogs/movies/2007/03/09/the-hostinterview-with-bong-joonho/ ...
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