Review 3- Compulsion and Frenzy

Review 3- Compulsion and Frenzy - Depending on the social...

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Depending on the social climate of the times, serial killer films will portray their killer- protagonists either as sympathetic, victims of society/their families/teachers/bullies or as monsters, deserving of punishment. Taking into account this week's lecture, as well as elements of narrative, characterization and visuals in the film, how do you think these two films, Compulsion and Frenzy, portray their killers? Are they sympathetic victims, or monsters? And based on that portrayal, what kind of statements do you think the films make about society ? Cinematic depictions of serial murderers tend to fit the profile of either; a sadistic monster or a mere victim of society. Within the films Compulsion , directed by Richard Fleisher, and Frenzy directed by Alfred Hitchcock, each director unanimously depicts the predator as a sadistic monster, differing however, on the killers underlying reasons for murder. As Prof. Helfield notes in her lecture, ‘thrill killers’ and ‘serial killers’ are similar, but each kill holding different intentions. Thrill killers, like the ones depicted in
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