Beauty and the Beast x Twilight

Spring was released in 2014 and 2015 in the US. It was directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The setting of the movie was in Europe. This contributes to the dark atmosphere of the film.

WAS THAT MOVIE MISTAKENLY PLAYED IN HORROR FILM CLASS? I liked Beauty and the Beast so I am not really complaining. However, given the readings on this class, I understand why this film was shown. Horror films do not necessarily have to be all screams and terror. It can also evoke another horrific aspect in society or in your life.

There are three structures of the film namely, horror, sci-fi, and romance. For the horror aspect, it focused on the fear of the unknown. Louise was not really a transparent character. The audience did not know what she really was. The movie then shifts to sci-fi wherein Louise gives an explanation regarding her transformations. She revealed that it is because of genetics. Lastly, romance is presented in the love story of Louise and Evan. This forbidden love makes Romeo and Juliet seem petty.

The love story of Evan and Louise seemed to be romantic unless perceived in a different angle. Louise was actually using Evan for her own gain, which is immortality. Louise is actually an example of how the tables have turned. The monster is now female and she is the one doing the power play. The patriarchal society is targeted by the movie through showing the emasculation of the American tourist where his penis got eaten off. The movie then shifts back to the romantic atmosphere where the true love’s kiss will strip off Louise’s immortality.

With that, did we detest the film because of it does not follow the conventional structure of a horror film? Jancovich shares taste formation. Our tastes are formed by the articles and reviews that we read. They usually tell the audience what to think and expect. This, then, becomes the standard for our tastes. The ideas are already ingrained in us. Our tastes are predetermined by other people’s tastes. According to Jancovich, it “set[s] agendas for audiences by drawing attention to what is taken to be interesting or noteworthy about a film.” The consumers do not really have a choice but to constantly accept what the film market hands to them. However, these films are usually identifiable with the current trend or culture in society.

Comparing the Silence of the Lambs and Spring, both are successful in giving the audience a thrill. Both played around with the idea of the fear of the unknown. In both films, the object of horror is not supernatural. This actually alleviates the horrific atmosphere that the movie created. With a monster closer to the human spectrum, it feels like it can be understood. Hence, you cannot be THAT scared of something you already know. Both movies also give space for interpretations of the film.

Paracinematic movies are like a bowl of stew where the ingredients mix together perfectly. The mixture of romance, sci-fi, and horror makes the movie interesting because it does not show the typical structure, as aforementioned. Paracinema also blends the seamless aspect and the high art aspect of the film. For the seamless aspect, we can interpret the movie as Beauty and the Beast x Twilight parody, wherein the monster meets the human. Fear envelops. They fall in love despite the forbidden love. The monster does not seem like a monster anymore. On the other hand, high art shows how people are so quick to judge of the unknown. They regard the unknown as supernatural. More often than not, these people who are regarded as “monsters” in real life are the ones who are just misunderstood. This context makes Spring look like a parody of the judgmental world.

Source:With the monster being known, is it still even scary? The answer for this is may be.  We can always not know for certain what we think we know. For example, even if it was revealed that Louise can stop transforming through genetic alterations or rituals, it is still scary to think that it could happen to anyone. A person can be regarded as a monstrosity because of something that they cannot even control. There is an element of hopelessness and fear that we feel that if it were to happen to us, then we are regarded as monsters. It is challenging to make other people understand due to presupposed notions of the unknown. This movie’s high art shows that monstrosities are the cause of the fear of the unknown.

With the monster being known, is it still even scary? The answer for this is may be.  We can always not know for certain what we think we know. For example, even if it was revealed that Louise can stop transforming through genetic alterations or rituals, it is still scary to think that it could happen to anyone. A person can be regarded as a monstrosity because of something that they cannot even control. There is an element of hopelessness and fear that we feel that if it were to happen to us, then we are regarded as monsters. It is challenging to make other people understand due to presupposed notions of the unknown. This movie’s high art shows that monstrosities are the cause of the fear of the unknown.

Source:

Mark Jancovich, Genre and the Audience: Genre Classifications and Cultural Distinctions in the Mediation of The Silence of the Lambs

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