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Rubber Johnny: Chris Cunningham - Skräcken, Metoden och Reaktionen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to explore the reasons behind the emotions that occur when watching horror movies that mainly include body- and venereal horror. To do this I have chosen the short film Rubber Johnny by English director Chris Cunningham as a starting point for my analysis. The theories proceed from Mikhail Bakhtin’s perspective of the carnival with focus on the concept of the grotesque and the world upside-down. I will also apply Holly Willis theories on digital cinema. The main questions are: Why is it hard to watch Rubber Johnny and which methods does Cunningham use to obtain these feelings? Furthermore I will also try to explore the reason behind what it is that makes us want to watch the repulsive and frightening – our fascination for pain when others get hurt and for the morbid and repulsive. 

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2013. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Chris Cunningham, Rubber Johnny, horror, film, violence, Bakhtin, grotesque, body horror, venereal horror, fascination, reaction, frightening, emotions
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-217182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-217182DiVA: diva2:692353
Educational program
Freestanding course
2013-01-14, 1024, Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 H, Uppsala, 14:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-01-30 Last updated: 2014-11-19Bibliographically approved

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