Film & Media Studies Theory

Whitman College – FMS 387

Terror and Seduction

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NBC’s new TV series Dracula is a good example of a basic fantasy, according to Williams’ definition, because it is set during a period in the past that actually occurred, but with the added element of folklore and myth (Williams, 613). In addition, Dracula touches on the original fantasies exemplified in all three genres that Williams discusses (horror, pornography and weepies). There are the obvious elements of “horror” in Dracula’s minor habit of killing lots of women in order to feed off of them, but this is also mixed with a hint of pornography in the sense that his methods lure these women into the throws of ecstasy with a distinct aura of primal seduction before he murders them to quell his own desires. Then, there is the added twist that he is in love with one particular woman who he has waited endlessly for, but his “quest [to reconnect with her] is always tinged with the melancholy of loss” (Williams, 615) because she has no memory of their past life together and she is in love with another man. Thus, it also exemplifies a form of male weepie, as he continually struggles with the concept that his desire (in many forms) is futile.

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