The Changing Nature of Family Life in Contemporary Society Essay

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The Changing Nature of Family Life in Contemporary Society

From first attempts to transfer Horror fiction from the page to the silver screen, there have been moral panics in response to the horror genre. In 1973, "The Exorcist" (directed by William Friedkin, US, 1973) provoked outrage, and sections of the movie had to be removed in response to worldwide complaints and panic as to the overtly sexual and violent nature of it's content, not to mention accusations of religious blasphemy. Similarly, throughout the 1980s, there were campaigns against so-called 'video nasties'. Although no clear definition of the term 'video nasty', was ever agreed upon, it generally

Referred to examples of horror
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'Aliens' and 'Terminator II'.

Like many films of their type, rather than being mere fetishism or 'celebrations of gore', these films have many subtle connotations throughout, using metaphor and symbolism to denote their messages. In this particular case, we are focusing on what these films say about family structures in modern society; and how these structures are changing to accommodate new attitudes in contemporary culture. When Director, James Cameron, visually pieced these two media forms together, how was he portraying the fabric of the Family today? And more importantly, how obvious are these portrayals in the films themselves? Well, any serious investigation of the evolution of family life has to start with the Mother and Father, Especially in relation to Parental roles, and attitudes to female and male sexuality, in terms of family roles today. We look at some of these issues a little later, for now, we shall take a brief look at the two films in question, and broadly discuss some of the metaphors within them.

As I have stated, the issues outlined above can be identified in the science fiction/ horror film hybrids of the 1980s. In this context, the work of the writer/director James Cameron is of notable example. His films, particularly "The Terminator"
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