Crater Lake: a study of the monster within

Wearne, O 2008, Crater Lake: a study of the monster within, Masters by Research, Creative Media, RMIT University.


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Title Crater Lake: a study of the monster within
Author(s) Wearne, O
Year 2008
Abstract For my project I shall be writing a feature length screenplay in the horror genre. The screenplay will be entitled "Crater Lake". It will be set in a remote, drought stricken Victorian town. In the story for Crater Lake, the pregnant protagonist, Eve, travels to the town in search of her missing husband, Robert, and is taken hostage by the locals. The problem I intend to address through my research is how to write a horror screenplay that employs more than bloodcurdling scare tactics to elicit fear from its audience. In order to address this problem I mean to explore Freudian psychoanalytic film theory. My purpose is to discover how useful psychoanalytic film theory might be for writing my horror screenplay. My research will include a study of the film theory of feminist theorist and author, Barbara Creed. In particular, I am interested in how Creed uses the Freudian psychoanalytic concepts of 'repression', the 'other', the 'primal uncanny' and 'the abject', in order to address the representation of the monster in horror films. I intend to apply Creed's film theory to a case study of Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976). I chose to research Creed and Polanski because both address the horror genre in a way that demonstrates the genre can be a medium for social and psychological inquiry. I mean to apply what I have learned from my examination of their work to the writing of my own horror screenplay, Crater Lake.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Creative Media
Keyword(s) Horror films -- Australia
Screenplays
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