A threat exceeding the diegetic universe :the last horror movie
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This thesis focuses on the film - The Last Horror Movie (Julian Richards 2003) - in which the protagonist is a serial killer who is recording his murders and trying to shoot his own movie. Additional to using a variety of conventions of the horror genre the film includes “found footage” mode. What makes the film distinct from its counterparts and renders it worthy of deeper inquiry is that found footage form takes on a different function. The thesis firstly makes a detailed formal analysis of The Last Horror Movie and evaluates the movie with respect to horror genre and found footage mode. The thesis analyzes how the movie uses the patterns of horror genre and found footage strategies and with which aspects does the movie diverge from these conventions. The thesis investigates how and why the movie undermines horror codes and conventions by focusing on the narrative and narration aspects of the film and by instrumentalizing the found footage mode. in the film the facts that the protagonist avoids demonstrating killings scenes rejects to use darkness as an element of horror interrupts all the horror scenes and gives exhaustive explanations to the audience are elaborated in great detail. The film does all these depending on the reality claim of the found footage mode. By demolishing the ordinary conventions of horror genre with these strategies the film claims that it creates a horror effect which is more realistic and convincing.