An analysis of the use and development of sexualised images and body horror in the Dracula series created by the Hammer Horror Production Company

Venables, Emily (2011) An analysis of the use and development of sexualised images and body horror in the Dracula series created by the Hammer Horror Production Company. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation discusses the relationship between sexual imagery and graphic body horror in the Dracula series created by The Hammer Horror Production Company between the years 1958-1974. Firstly this research outlines the history behind the Hammer Company and what is it about the horror fiction which appeals to an audience. Paying particular attention to the first production Dracula (1958), a content analysis is conducted on all seven productions. The key focus point being female character regarding sexuality – this includes clothing, relations to the Dracula character and how he is portrayed on screen. The body horror part of the content analysis is used to discuss the development throughout the series, and how the company had to change the way they portrayed these particular aspects for an audience with developing expectations. This dissertation concluded that Hammer introduced the idea of sexual imagery into these productions to adapt those which were already made by Universal several years previous. They used the idea of sexualisation in a masculine character to entwine the aspects of sexualisation and horror into one familiar formula.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 11:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7028

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