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Fyra decennier av extremvåld: En undersökning om förändringar i slashergenren
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2013 (Norwegian)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Four Decades of Extreme Violence : A Study of Changes in the Slasher Genre (English)
Abstract [en]

The paper examines how the slasher genre has developed over the years. The main point of this examination focus on differences in the stylistic appearance of the killer, the development of the “final girl”, the film sole survivor and if there are some narrative changes in the plot structure. The films selected for analysis are scattered over the years, including films like Halloween (Carpenter, 1978), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Craven, 1984) and Scream (Craven, 1996). The main changes that have occurred over the years according to this examination tells us that the stylistic features to hide the killer from the spectators isn’t that important and prominent today as it was in the late 70’s and early 80’s, especially the lightning feature, that characterized Michael Myers in Halloween. Even the characteristic point-of-view shots, who marks the killers presence, is as gone. The biggest development for the final girl is that she doesn’t need to be a virgin anymore in order to defeat the killer, who was the case early on. The narrative structure haven’t changed significantly over the years, but the characteristic opening scene which used to contain a sequence that takes place several years earlier where the killer experiencing a trauma of some kind is gone.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Horror movies, slasher, killer
Keyword [sv]
Skräckfilm, slasher, mördare
National Category
Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29898Local ID: FV:1OAI: diva2:658939
Subject / course
Film Studies
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-10-23 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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