If There is a God, He’s Probably on Wall Street: A Genre Analysis of Social Criticism in Horror and Melodrama Films

Photo of Lily Barnett

Name: Lily Barnett
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Global Media and Digital Studies
Advisors: Dr. Ahmet Atay and Dr. Nii Nikoi

The purpose of this project is to conduct a comparative genre analysis of four films categorized by the Horror and Melodrama genres. To fulfill this purpose, the following study will compare and analyze shared themes between American Psycho (2000), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Parasite (2017), and The Platform (2019) in order to better understand their use of genre conventions to communicate meaning. Specifically, this project intends to analyze two particular themes: “critiquing society” and “personal identity” concerning their representation through each film’s narrative or mise-en-scene. Additionally, this study aims to discuss the influence of color symbolism and visual communication on each film’s ability to evoke an emotional response from audiences. The results of this study establish a connection between the two themes, both of which aim to communicate the inferences of late-stage capitalism on personal identity. This is primarily done through a discussion of individual sacrifice and the notion of guaranteed success, which only exists for those born under the blanket of privilege.

Keywords: genre, film, horror, melodrama, consumerism, identity

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Posted in Comments Enabled, Independent Study, Symposium 2022 on April 26, 2022.

2 responses to “If There is a God, He’s Probably on Wall Street: A Genre Analysis of Social Criticism in Horror and Melodrama Films”

  1. Elyse Echegaray says:

    Lily! What an amazing analysis of some of the most impactful films of the 21st century. I think your analysis is spot on, especially as it relates to how satire amplifies their messaging on class.

    BRB! Have to return some video tapes.

  2. Halen says:

    Excellent work!!!! Congratulations film scholar! ❤️

Related Posts

Azad presented her research to members of the College community at the Senior Research Symposium.

Communication sciences and disorders major explores alternative approaches to support patients

Urban Studio course

Real-world course experience in Urban Studio prompts new senior research avenues

Hope Carmody '23

An urban study on resilience inspires desire to implement change in disaster preparedness processes

Related Areas of Study

Global Media & Digital Studies

Digital technology, mass media and film studies are part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary course of study

Major Minor

Communication Studies

Be an effective listener, writer, and speaker who can think critically and connect with audiences

Major Minor

Connect with Wooster