Romero remade: how gender representation in horror has changed since 1968

Penny, Liam (2007) Romero remade: how gender representation in horror has changed since 1968. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is about the horror genre and gender representation in horror films. Remakes and original horror films are compared as a way of analysing differences between gender representation in two different filmmaking eras: the 1970s and the 90s/today. I chose George A Romero as the focus for my study as two of his films have been remade recently and because he is iconic in terms of positive gender representation of both men and women. The original films: Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) and Dawn of the Dead (Romero, 1978) are described in detail, particularly the male and female characters and the relationships between them. Then the remakes, Night of the Living Dead (Savini, 1990) and Dawn of the Dead (Snyder, 2004), are compared to the originals. I focussed on whether the characters have changed since the original films and what implications these changes have on the ways in which men and women are portrayed in the remakes. I have used texts specific to these four films as well as more general texts regarding horror and gender to underline my ideas. I expected to find a positive change in gender representation from Romero's films to the more current films. I found instead that the genre, as typified by the remake of Dawn of the Dead, has become more superficial and reliant on genre conventions originating in the slasher sub-genre rather than the potential exemplified by Romero.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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