The Disaster Horror: The Horror Of The 1970's Horror

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Throughout the history of cinema the idea of camp has been an ever looming presence. It makes filmmakers wonder, will audiences be able to buy into the drama for the characters and the story itself? The idea of camp is perhaps best described as an audiences perception of a film, specifically this is an audience that finds the film too ridiculous, silly, or unbelievable to be legitimately drawn into the drama of the story. Due to these factors and more audiences will find a camp movie to be hilarious and in a completely unintentional way. A genre like the disaster cinema of the 1970’s perfectly fits into camp for three major reasons, the paper thin/stock characters, the setup/execution of the disaster itself and the hammy acting or dialog found in the movie. We will be using the film Earthquake to examine how these three factors can turn a serious drama into a campy film. The very first aspect of 70’s disasters cinema that neatly fits into camp is the weak, barebones characters the films general supply us with. A film like Earthquake is full of characters like this, including our main character played by Charlton Heston, a tough leader who will try his best to save as many people…show more content…
If a film can’t be taken seriously than many audience members will find the film begins to divulge into the camp territory. A genre that really can feel this is the disaster cinema, especially the cycle of films from the 1970’s. Perhaps the main factors that can make a genre and cycle like this turn to camp is the fact that the characters are generally paper-thin or stock, the setup/disaster can be ridiculous, and the hammy acting/dialog changes the emotions of the audience. Of course there are many different factors that can make a genre like this turn campy, but what it all comes down to is that if the audience cannot buy into the drama, than how are they supposed to take the movie

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