“The elements and conventions of a genre are always in play rather than, simply, re-played; and any generic corpus is always being played”
In this essay I am going to back up Steve Neale’s Theory in ‘10 questions of genre’ “The elements and conventions of a genre are always in play rather than, simply, re-played; and any generic corpus is always being played”, by dissecting a movie which has played on various different generic corpuses; the case study I have chosen is the 2008 horror movie ‘Cloverfield’ which is being played with three or four other genres also. In doing this I will go through each convention in detail discussing what should be there for that genre, and what has been interlinked from separate genres. Secondly I am going to compare the original Disney children’s version of ‘snow-white’ to the recent more adults version of ‘snow white and the huntsman’ in this part of the essay I will back up the theory as to how ‘the elements and conventions of a genre are always in play rather than, simply, re-played’ by using my own research and other theorists also.
My first case study is ‘Cloverfield’ the 2008 thrilling horror movie, with intertextual links to science fiction, action, romance and documentary. It was produced by JJ Abrams and Bryan Burke and the stars of the movie are Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel and Odette Annabele I feel that this movie portrays the quote ‘…and any generic corpus is always being played’ seem as this film doesn’t just take on the traditional role of horror generic corpuses, or the action, romance and so on… just like the film doesn’t destroy or change the separate genres, it simply plays on each genre, finding loop holes where they can be interlinked in order to create this spectacular production. There isn’t one point in the movie where you think ‘hang on, that shouldn’t be here’.
“Okay, just to be clear here, our options are: die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets....