I should clarify the point of my last post about vampires not appearing in photographs. First, the conceit is a way of identifying vampires in some Dracula and other versions (although, again, I can't confirm specific titles just now). On the other hand, the ability of "modern" vampires to be photographed confirms their identity or at least arouses suspicion when they show up in very old photographs--as in Buffy and others.
One film does come to mind--not really horror as such--Fairy Tale, with Peter O'Toole and Harvey Keitel, based on a famous faked photographed that gulled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Dr. Who spinoff TORCHWOOD also had a less benign version of that event in one episode.
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dorothee Birke [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 7:39 AM
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] Photography in horror films
Dear list members,
This is a question for horror film buffs: we are
currently trying to compile a corpus of horror films in which
photography is used in order to show things that are invisible to the
naked eye. Examples would be The Omen, in which smudges on photographs
foreshadow the deaths of the people in the picture, or Shutter, in
which photos reveal the presence of a ghost.
Can anybody think of horror films featuring photographs or photographers? We would greatly appreciate your help!
With many thanks in advance and best wishes
Dorothee and Michael
PS: Other films that already came to mind were Ring, The Shining and The Asphyx.
Dorothee Birke and Michael Butter
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of Language and Literature
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