Vampire Films Paper
Write an analysis paper on “Interview with the Vampire” (1994). The form of the paper is argument:
make a specific point and back it up. Keep a clear focus and use specific examples from the film(s) to
back up your points.
The best topics are the ones in which you are interested. Choose an aspect of the movie (homoerotic
themes, Louis/Lestat,etc for example) and do some critical thinking about it. Discuss some specific
aspect of film history.
Be sure to use both cinematic and thematic examples:
“Cinematic examples” means that you must discuss the mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and/or
“Thematic examples” means that you must discuss larger issues in the film, outside the cinematic
Discuss the representations of women in any of the films we’ve seen so far this semester.
Consider the changing representations of vampires we have seen throughout the course of film
history, to this point in the semester.
Consider the similarities/differences between the U.S. films and the non-U.S. films we have seen.
Use any of the handout questions and expand on one.
Specifics on the paper:
3 pages. Double-space throughout.
12 pt. font, 1” margins, and numbered pages.
You need not use outsides sources, but if you do, make sure they are properly formatted.
Give it a title.
Make it interesting!
Some tips on writing about film:
Films are texts. Always underline or italicize films over 60 minutes in length. Short films are short
texts, so they are put in quotation marks.
Follow the same writing process you’ve been following in your writing career: pre-write, draft,
re-write, edit. Revision is the key to any paper, just as editing is the key to any film.
Don’t feel the need to re-tell the entire story. We’ve all seen the films, so only summarize or
detail what you need to make your points. YOUR points, analysis, and use of examples are the
Speak the language of cinema studies. Refer to specific terminology.
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