28 Days Later series
28 Days Later (DNA Films/British Film Council, 2002) is the stunning first film in a
contemporary horror film series that revises the cinematic zombie almost beyond recognition.
Directed by English auteur Danny Boyle, winner of the 20
The Primordial World:
o Inherently secular
o It has to exist in our current world
o The threat of the world that existed primary to civilization and now continues to exist
with ourselves in civilization
o Plants, animals, and/or beasts that exist in our w
Spielberg themes: childhood dreams, balancing work and personal commitments, fatherhood,
o Planned every detail
o Cut in the camera
o MacGuffin or a red herring
Something that totally
Sources of Threat and Basic Narratives
Supernatural / Secular ways that we can think of monsters. In the 1960 there is a
shift from supernatural to secular.
something that exists outside our natural world.
Exists in our natura
Psychosis of Characters
Until 1960 in the horror genre the monster was other other then us other then human.
In some ways scarier and other ways much more manageable.
The European other
Patriarchy vs Paternity
o Patriarchy: literally means rule of the father; historically meant that there was a
patrilineal power in a family so the family would pass down the land, power, money, etc.
to the first born son
Ex. The royal family of England;
Nosferatu and Themes
Nosferatu 1922 (Mornau director)
influenced a lot of movie moments (not so much the vampire) other creatures/monsters.
Some people credit Grau (may have been an occultist and may have had an experience
with a real vampire)
The Wolfman 1941 & Catpeople by Jacques Tourneur
Three tales of the tarot:
o Dr. Jekkel and Mr. Hyde
Called The Trilogy
Three monsters all based on gothic novels
1. Mary Shelleys Frankenstein 1818
2. Robert Lew
Horror in the 1950s
4 main threats in the 1950s:
1. Atomic bomb or radiation monsters
o August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima
2. Outer space
o Roswell, NM in 1947 UFO incident
o McCarthy anti-communism crusade 1950
4. Primordial world
Hauntings and Ghosts in Film
psychotic is number one in the rank of monster characteristics
-In all haunting something happened in the past which is why the ghost keeps coming
back and we have to figure out what went wrong.
CHILDREN are primary
He is evil we dont know why he is evil he was just born that way.
The primal scene makes you think about life without your self.
Direct descendent of Psycho
There is a relationship between Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Nightmare on Elm
Gore in Movies
Gore the excessive display of bodily organs in a state of bloodied transition or exposure (paul
Wanting/receiving strong sickening reaction
Variations of Gore:
Shock exploitation, spatter, gorno, torture porn, splatstick
What makes g
o Son of a director and a film critic
o Emphasizes gore through the use of special effects
o Has a comprehensive knowledge of the horror genre
Particularly stalker/slasher films
o Tracy thinks hes an innovative filmmaker
Family Economy in Movies
topic that is addressed by Vivian Sobchack (1980s)
in terms of genre
horror is affecting other genres and vice versa
starts of with interesting notion of babies eyes
takes 2 babies from 1968
Rosemarys baby (1968)
Beginning of horror
Ancient Asians made intricate shadow plays using shadows and light.
Jacob and William Grimm collected stories with characters such as witches and
In France, after the French revolution, people used to gather in crypts to wa
Zombies in Movies
Night of the Living Dead (released in 1968)
Filmed right outside of Pittsburg, PA
Changed the Zombie forever
Busted the radical potential of the horror genre
Critics hated this movie
Roger Ebert film is demoralizin