I don't have a specific title handy, but it's been a common element of Dracula versions and other vampire films that vampires cannot be photographed (just as they cannot be seen in mirrors). More recent vampire versions, including TV series such as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and True Blood, have dispensed with that trope.
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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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