From Dusk Till Dawn, Genre

Content:

This film was created for thrill seekers who like varied genres, basing around horror (with the vampires and the gore), the crime, (the men are bad men) and the action (the family and the men fight to try to stay alive, with all the shooting and stunts). In a lot of horror based films women within the story are always made to be weak and unable to fight but in this one, the female is taking the lead and defending herself and her family from the dangers, if she fell down she wouldn’t cry and moan and struggle to get up, she got back up and fought. The film had the typical action package, with the amount of fire then the petrol station blowing up as they walk away towards the camera. With the crime they use the typical hostage situation, but turns it around so instead of the bad guys just needed them to smuggle them out, the family needs them just as much when they are facing death.

Style:

Within this film there are many camera angles used that influence the shots for instance in the store when George is talking to the clerk the shots get closer as his voice gets more deeper, but smoother “you be cool”, then again as the camera pans with the officer going into the toilet it still keeps panning which then reveals George is in the same location. When they are in the bar the colour of the theme suits really well, as bars tend to be dark and musky, and it’s the same with this one, however this one was dark for a reason.

Technical:

This is based on the shots used, and angles and the ways it’s edited, for example when the trailer was created it used fast paced cuts to match with the music, same with a lot of horror type films. The shots and angles all match the theme, so if there was something happening, i.e. when the son threw the water bottle at his father you see his reaction before you saw the fathers face, showing the audience that his father may look distraught or scary.

Symbolic:

This is when there would be meaning within the shot, so when all the action was brought in within the bar fights; there was blood all over the place (red meaning danger). Also with the character and their expressions, which then determines whether the audience likes that person or not, i.e. with Quentin’s character he’s seems quite shy and very quiet (lost), so this could make the audience want to believe his character is not all bad.

Cultural:

This is based on what should and shouldn’t be included i.e. with the horror genre, there’s an increases with all the gore and blood that added to films, for example the Evil Dead remake, as there are a lot of gory bloody aspects. Again with women in horror, crime or action films they used be known for being weak and easy targets, to not fight back, but there are more female strong characters who are easily defendable and can do as much damage as men, i.e. Buffy: she is a strong character who defends the world of vampires, Planet Terror: when the women loses her leg she fights back and in From Dusk Till Dawn the daughter is defending herself and her family.

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