Body horror in its transformation in the 1982 John Carpenter film
Analyse the representation of body horror in its transformation in the 1982 John Carpenter film “The Thing. Critically examine the usefulness of any theoretical framework(s) you use.
The essay should aim to determine how “body horror and transformation” in horror films is depicted within academic theories which should be fully determined and highlighted how these academic concepts are clearly argued and placed not only for the spectator consciously see’s the physical change but also has a subconscious effect, physiologically i.e such as possibility of infection, mutation, metamorphosis and the wiping out of human existence .
Academic Theory should include how does the film The Thing use:-
The Metamorphosis Narrative
The Closed Invasion Narrative
The Knowledge Narrative
(ironic) critique of western mind/body dualism
Replication ie body snatchers or invaders and relevance to the cold war and / or “the other”.
In the essay also provide a small critical review the 1982 John Carpenter film “The Thing”, to determine whether the arguments and approaches of the theories discussed througout this essay on the body and its transformations are valid.
As Robin Wood would (and many) thinks “The Thing” is no more than just special effects…is this true?
1. Watch the film!!!!!
Link The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (Chapter 12 – Jeffery Weinstock) –