500 word essay on your chosen genre

This was the homework right? Completing the table and then writing an essay about it?

Overall, there are many conventions of the horror-comedy genre.For example, A common convention of the horror-comedy is of a duo or pair of characters fighting against an unnatural force such as zombies, aliens or cults or such other monsters of the horror genre. These ‘unnatural forces’ usually follow Levi-Strauss’s binary opposition theory as the main characters and the monsters will be almost polar opposites of each other- like zombies vs humans. Additionally with the Levi-Strauss’s theory, the two main characters usually have some form of binary opposition – usually with one being the more mature one while the other being the opposite.(For example, in Zombieland, two of the major characters are a shy student and a gun toting tough guy, while in Warm Bodies the two main characters consist of a male zombie and a girl.) However, this can vary greatly, as some horror-comedies have the two main characters totally different whilst others may have barely a difference except for one defining feature that sets that character from the others. This is likely to create large scenes of comedy or further ensures that there are complications of fighting the ‘unnatural force’ as the two characters will likely have conflicts of have to combat the horror entity and this will ensure that the plot can continue or vary. Moreover, generally they are in a small village or residential area in either America or England (though usually the former) as this is a prime location for many problems with the monsters as it gives a location that is away from such people as police that could help combat the unnatural beings- in essence, it intensifies the feeling that they are battling the force alone as they are in a rural area. By the same token, the setting ensures a theme of mystery; in Hot Fuzz, for example, the rural town the main characters go to is secretly run by a fanatic murderous cult, and as the setting is so isolated than say London this seems probable and heightens the fear in the viewer because a rural town is away from most of civilisation and is therefore commonly associated with secretive murders and the unknown. The general message of horror-comedies is frequently about friendship overcoming overwhelming odds or becoming friends despite different personalities, status or view of the world. If we use a previous example, Hot Fuzz, the character Nicholas Angel is first appalled at his partner, Danny Butterman,for his disregard for his job, habit to get distracted and his unfitness despite the fact he has a job that requires fitness and activity. Nonetheless, at the end of the film Nicholas sees Danny as a great partner in battling crime and is seen joking and working together with him- a stark difference to the start of the film where he frequently criticised Danny and did not share his jokes. Finally, iconography is present throughout most horror-comedies though it can vary – though notably they can include a haunted house, graves, disfigured faces and generic murder weapons such as a chainsaw, knife or meat cleaver. Despite these, the comedy part of the film can subvert this common pictures of iconography.

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