Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Film and University Honors
Motion picture plays -- Authorship, Motion picture plays -- Technique, Feminist theory, McKinzie Smith. Lifeblood
In this thesis supplement, the three major themes of McKinzie Smith’s screenplay Lifeblood are elaborated on in detail. In an effort to craft a screenplay within the horror genre that is modern and meaningful, the vampire myth was adapted to apply to the contemporary conversation surrounding power dynamics and gendered violence. The theme of fandom is shown to expose those power dynamics in a familiar, relatable way for a teenaged female audience. These two themes filter into the broader feminist intention of the work, aiming to provoke conversation about power in fandom spaces as well as provide catharsis for young women who may be victims of violence.
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Smith, McKinzie, "Lifeblood/Vampires, Fandom, and Feminism: Updating the Vampire Horror Screenplay Through Themes of Empowerment" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 868.