The Changing Nature of Family Life in Contemporary Society

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The Changing Nature of Family Life in Contemporary Society From first attempts to transfer Horror fiction from the page to the silver screen, there have been moral panics in response to the horror genre. In 1973, "The Exorcist" (directed by William Friedkin, US, 1973) provoked outrage, and sections of the movie had to be removed in response to worldwide complaints and panic as to the overtly sexual and violent nature of it's content, not to mention accusations of religious blasphemy. Similarly, throughout the 1980s, there were campaigns against so-called 'video nasties'. Although no clear definition of the term 'video nasty', was ever agreed upon, it generally Referred to examples of horror and pornography, and led to certain infamous films being banned in Britain for over a decade. Films such as "Zombie Flesh Eaters", "Driller-Killer", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and others suffered such fates. Due to actions such as this, both the Genres of Horror and Pornography have suffered similar fates; the cultural tag. These tags have led to a common mindset; that these industries are 'sick' or 'perverted' forms, capable of contaminating the minds of their audience is, and thus wider society. This mindset has created problems. Not only has it been used to support censoring legislation, but also it has prevented serious investigation of the forms or effects of these genres for a long time, due to their presumed negativity. However, this paper will attempt to correct this mistake, by looking at two particular classics of the newest Genre hybrid - The horror Sci-Fi mix. Whilst Aliens (Director James Cameron, US, 1986) and Terminator ... ... middle of paper ... ...ration. * · SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY RESEARCH DATABASE - * "Aliens"- US (1986): Science Fiction, Directed by James Cameron. Cast Sigourney Weaver Ripley Carrie Henn Newt Michael Biehn Corporal Hicks * "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" - US (1991): Science Fiction/Action Cast Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor Robert Patrick - T-1000 Edward Furlong - John Connor Ryan Tyler-Smith Gender and Society: Gender and Film. Media Culture and Communications. Level 2. Student ID: 0001352350 --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1Barbara Creed, 'Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine: An Imaginary Abjection', from SCREEN, Vol.27, 1986

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