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Arm Candelabras

I was just thinking about the movie that I had to watch for my Freaks and Monsters class.  The movie that I had to watch was the 1946 Jean Cocteau La Belle et La Bête.  Anyway, my teacher was saying that some elements never change in terms of stories, movies, etc.  So after she had us watch the movie, she brought the arms that hold up the candelabras.  That made me immediately think of the 2004 movie version of Phantom of the Opera because of the arm candelabras that were during the song The Phantom of the Opera. Anyway, I just found that to be interesting because the whole some elements never change things applies.  The connection is that both movies have the arm candelabras.


Like in my previous post, I was reading an essay from In The Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural.  The essay was Horror, Humanity, And The Demon in the Mirror by Dr. Gregory Stevenson.  Anyway, as I was reading the essay, an interesting point was brought up.  The point was that brought up was that TV shows, books, plays, etc., have metaphors for reality.  I found it to be true because in a way, it’s true.  Case in point would be all of the monsters that Sam and Dean hunt and kill.  You could say that these monsters are the things that we fear in real life such as financial, family, or relationship issues.  That in turn made me think about this point that my Freaks and Monsters teacher brought up.  In the class, things like the fairgrounds, medical conditions, etc., was taught.  Anyway, one of the things that was brought up in class was the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.  In the book, the way that Frankenstein was brought to life through electricity.  Well, apparently, when the book was written, electricity was relatively new.  Since it was new, it wasn’t well understood by the public.  And people tend to fear what they don’t know or understand.  So, it’s understandable that electricity was used as a horror device in the book.  Well, my point is that we use things that we don’t know, understand well, or fear as scary devices.  Anyway, I think that both points are interesting.

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