By using these features of the times to create a new substantial text aspects from others. The setting of Shadow is very similar to Nosferatu, but uses strong gothic imagery from Dracula. The director attempts to combine two genres: the gothic and the docu-drama. By doing this, it takes elements of both Dracula and
In these stories I think the settings are very familiar. The author of the Red Room opted for the scary, isolated castle whereas Edgar Allen Poe went for an old man’s house. I think that the Red Room setting is the one which would be most expected. It has the feel of any other gothic story at the beginning, although this soon changes, and it is quite a stereotypical setting for a story of this genre. As the setting always does, the castle does start the chain of suspense, and automatically starts the reader thinking about what will or won’t go wrong in the story ahead.
How did the film’s components match with the horror genre? The “Mise en Scene” in the movie “The Exorcist” is allied most with the horror genre in that it could be unsettling for many viewers. The effect exists in evoking a medley of fear, disgust and horror. Not so much the costumes, but the choice of focus and the “mistrustful” blocking done startles. The scenes: with older artifacts in the background – subtly remind of the macabre, while again, the focus could be on ordinary talk.
Rupert Goold’s interpretation of ‘Macbeth’ is very stylised; the set and costumes are key to creating the defined gothic horror of the production. The eerie set of a morgue, an old hospital and the Macbeth’s cold and unfeeling “home” and the dour colour palette (a mix of murky and grimy dark greens and browns) go hand in hand in creating the ghostly atmosphere of the film. Unlike the animation and Trevor Nunn’s production, Goold’s version is not set in the time period Shakespeare intended it to be; it has connotations of post-war Russia, although the exact setting is not mentioned. However, Macbeth’s transition from an accomplished war ‘hero’ to a Stalinesque dictator reinforces this idea. It also differs from the other two productions in the way the witches are portrayed.
‘The Gothic genre is based on the blurring of distinctions’ Discuss Gothic literature often uses the blurring of distinctions to explore the idea of oppositions and the liminal. Critics argue that the gothic aims to reveal “deeper wounds” which can be done through the blurring of distinctions, revealing to the reader that although it is easy to label things and set things, this is not always the case. This can certainly be seen in Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ as the fragmented structure and the settings prove that distinctions can become blurred. Similarly, in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, there appears to be a blurring of what’s right and wrong and what’s good and evil, particularly when considering the blurring of the supernatural and real world. In Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ gender roles and gothic tropes are subverted to show that nothing is set in stone.
Front lighting is used in Edward Scissorhands when the cops show up to Jim’s house and Edward walks out it is used to show his innocents or goodness. There are sound techniques used also. Next, Tim knows how to work his different sound techniques. Burton uses diegetic a lot for example in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when they go into the invention room and you can hear the many different machine noises, also in Edward Scissorhands you can hear the scissor noises when he is cutting everybody’s hair. Diegetic is sound that is herd by the audience and the characters.
Fears and uncertainties have always played a part in everyday life. They are inescapable, all consuming and despite the changing times, universal. The Gothic genre is a style of literature which is intended to invoke a sense of terror while examining the dark side of nature. But the way Gothic literature commands its impact is through confronting society with its deepest uncertainties and perceived social threats. Therefore, the Gothic cannot exist or be valued without the sublime and contextual fears as they are universally understood conditions.
Setting can be critical to all the film. It can help convey the theme of a film, creates the atmosphere and makes the story credible. It creates a sense of place and a mood and it may also reflect a character’s emotional state of mind Hamlet, the play written by Shakespeare was set in the late medieval period mostly in and around the royal palace in Elsinore, a city in Denmark. The disparities between the two films outweigh any similarities that exist. The first and most obvious difference between the two films is the setting.
While both films depict the complicated structure of the play with accuracy, Branagh makes his analysis clear and defined, while Zeffirelli seems to rely on the story and hides the issues of the play, making his personal interpretation less obvious. In both films many aspects of the story are portrayed differently. One aspect was the theory of the ghost .In Branagh’s film, when Hamlet discovers through Horatio, Marcellus and Bernado that his father’s ghost has revealed himself, he quotes the lines from the play, “My father’s spirit in arms!
In what could be seen as a noted the director’s specific style, Pan’s Labyrinth convincingly portrays these ideas and messages with constant reference to gothic fairy tale allusions, motifs and techniques such as a combination of colour, lighting and transitional links to establish a seductively foreboding tone that both warns us as an audience and draws us further into the twisted depths of Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo Del Toro establishes a piece of cinematic art that traces horror right back to the essentials of our childhoods and human tradition; fantasy and fairytale. Fantasy explores our imagination within the film with freedom not readily available in the typical cinematic experience. The presence of fantasy is apparent in Pan’s Labyrinth from beginning to end. Del Toro utilises fantastical elements -commonly seen in traditional folklore- in the real world.