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FILM 1F94 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Wes Craven, Essentialism

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FILM 1F94: Lecture (Winter, 2016)
Professor, Peter Lester
January 15, 2016
Week #2: Genre and Gender—Halloween
“Paradox of Gender”
-Genre films must be both familiar and new at the same time
-Genre films must respect conventions, yet challenge them as well
-Genres must be novel, yet conservative
-Balance of Convention and Innovation
Chronology of Horror Films
-1930’s —Universal Studio
Classic Monsters ex. Dracula, Franskestein, The Mummy
-1970’s—-Supernatural Horror
Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, The Exorcist
-2000’s —Torture “porn” Horror
Saw, Hostel
-2000’s—2010’s—Found Footage Horror
Paranormal Activity, etc.
Four Stages of Genre Evolution (Simplistic way of ordering genre films)
I. Primitive
-Early, experimental stage
-Conventions not yet established
-Audiences not familiar, unsure what to expect
-Ex. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
II. Classical
-Genre model “perfected”
-Conventions fully established
-Audiences familiar, have expectations
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