Monster Genre Since motion pictures like Frankenstein and Dracula were first introduced on the black and white the monster genre has created unlikely stories of someone or something that is provoked and subsequently hails terror on everything in it’s path. When a monster unleashes terror the result is an exposition of character traits, creating heroes, cowards and mostly victims. Amid the ups and downs of the story most good monster movies have an underlying social commentary. Rarely in films do we see a monster reeking havoc without a cause or motive. Monsters, just like you and I are products of the environment they are exposed to and the treatment they are given from conception. Frankenstein was the first and today there are several noteworthy monster movies that exhibit similar characteristics. In The Host, a North Korean film created by Joon-ho Bong, a volatile creature arises from the city river after a lab scientist illegally disposes of toxic waste down a drain. Similar to Frankenstein, movies like The Host and Beowulf, are both stories of nature and nurture and how both can separately play a role in creating monsters. For example, Grendel (the monster from Beowulf) was brought up living a simple and humble life until local townsmen inexplicably killed his father. Where on the other hand, the river creature from The Host becomes a product of nature after being exposed to hazardous chemical waste. This monster was probably just a normal fish until the chemical it was exposed to turned it into a perilous monster. Since the beginning of the monster genre, audiences have been drawn to the excitement and thrill of watching dangerous minions fall to their doom. Regardless of how any monster is born or provoked in a story the ensuing events will uncover unexpected character traits as it separates cowards from heroes. When an alien-looking creature arises from the Han river in North Korea a detached family comes together and stands in the face of danger to save one of their lost loved ones. The most unlikely characters rise to the occasion when given the opportunity. Considered by his father as a good for nothing slacker, protagonist Gang-du plays the largest role in bringing down the monster. The monster takes Gang-du’s daughter, where she barely stays alive in the creature’s food stow-away down in a sewer. From there, we follow the female heroin as she protects a young boy while her father averts being captured and locates the monster’s body pit. The story comes together in an unusual turn of events that bring the main characters closer together and present common bonds that are often seen in monster and horror movies alike. The emotional journey behind the main characters is almost as common in monster movies as the thrill and fascination that directors use to draw in audiences. Every monster story reveals a hero that most people can relate to in one way or another. Weather feeling unappreciated or looked down upon, at one point or another in our lives we experience a feeling and a desire to redeem ourselves. Part of the fascination that entices audiences is the journey they get to live behind the characters and unexpected heroes. “It’s the rattling-the-tiger-cage kind of thrill.” (Mcormick, Patrick) Although the television might lead us to believe otherwise, no one actually wants to experience a zombie apocalypse or know what it feels like to be faced with life threatening danger. The closest that audiences want to get to that magnitude of danger is to live vicariously through the main characters. “Reading or watching great monster stories, we get to accompany the frightened heroes or heroines as they descend into the dragon’s lair.” (Mcormick, Patrick) In other words, we get to experience the thrill of the situation without facing the same risks as the characters in the story. So in the end, the audience gets to live the thrill and experience the inevitably gratifying downfall of the…
The Difference a Pitcher Makes
Natasha D. Fickett
January 27, 2013
Dr. Cari Kenner
The Difference a Pitcher Makes
Crack! It is going, going---GONE, and the crowd goes wild. The game of baseball can infect anyone who watches long enough. Baseball is a game of happenstance: From one pitch…
skills and equipment. Facing the elements with the right equipment is hard enough but if there is a lack of any equipment the end results could be deadly. Since he lacked the knowledge of basic survival skills need for outside the community; like what to wear and how to pack; he caused the death of not only himself but of Gabe as well.
Unlike Jonas, Theo was able to get Kee to safety but was shoot in the process and dies right as The Human Projects ship The Tomorrow arrives to pick them up. Theo…
“PHILOSOPHY AND LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT”
December 9, 2007
Wow, we’re finally at the end of our exploration into the world of philosophy. It been quite a long road for me but I made it through it all. Exploring this world that I had little knowledge of has broadened my horizon in the subject of philosophy. As we began we asked our selves “What is Philosophy? Philosophy is knowledge which is desirable in itself of those truths which can…
also harm adolescents because if they take anabolic steroids their growth will be temporary for the kid to grow in size. If adolescents take more and more steroids every day it can affect the way of their growth. They may end up staying shorter than what they would’ve expected to be. Anabolic steroids can also affect the behavior of someone. they can go through depression to sadness to angry it’s like being bi-polar. Having so much feelings can also be dangerous. Anabolic steroids can lead into many…
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What Makes Me Feel Rage
There are many things that get people upset. Something as simple as an inadvertent kick
to the back of the shoe to something as hectic and dangerous as road rage. What puts me over the
top, is MTA etiquette.
So, on a busy day for mass transit, there comes a time when I'm sitting in a space that's
supposed to fit two people. Due to my size, a person of equal size wouldn't fit in the other space
as comfortably as they would…
A hero will think about other people before
they think about themselves. For example, firefighters are considered to be heroes because they
think about saving someone before they think about themselves. A hero will save other people
and fight crime and he will always do what is right and what is not wrong.
Second a hero is someone who is brave.Being brave is risking your live for others.
Bravery comes in many different ways and forms. Being brave doesn’t mean being selfish. A
brave person acknowledges the strength of others…
tension in the atmosphere between you and your
client. For example, majority of employees in a store ask if you need any help.
When they do, it is with respect and a positive attitude that makes you comfortable
enough to ask questions. If a salesman can not do so, they are not a good salesman
and won’t be able to make a successful sale, which also repels customers.
In response to the article, I too agree that a healthy self esteem is a key
quality to possess, mainly because I have a healthy self esteem…
Fear is What Makes Me Successful
I was casually sitting at my desk, literally chewing my fingernails off over the idea that I
had forgotten I had a final exam for biology. And as always knowing me, I forgot to study for the
test, and now here I am ready to accept the grade of an F and to be grounded for what can
actually seem to be the rest of my life. Though I am kidding, that never happened and hopefully
it actually never does, but what did happen was beyond worst than…
What Makes Up a Happy Family Is There Such A Thing?
Family is important as it is also important to have a happy family. We might think at times what makes a happy family? Is there such a thing as a happy family? Or is it possible to have a happy family. Having a happy family as we all might know is not an easy task to do, but it is neither impossible. What we can do is search for element to guide us through a happy family. I understand that no one…
opinions on the way children should behave. Jem and Scout’s behavior does not fit in the standard group. Atticus lets his children play outside and be adventurous. They play all sorts of games like “Boo Radley”. In chapter 4, Dill exclaimed “I know what we are going to play…Boo Radley.” (Lee 43). Atticus is extremely honest with his children. If they ask a question, then he answers with the truth. “Jack! When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness; sake.” (Lee 99.) Atticus’ morals are…