Pastiche

A well known example of pastiche in the film industry would be the original Scary Movie (as well as the whole series).  The movie primarily plays off of the plotline to the popular film, Scream, but incorporates other more recent movies (at the time) such as  I Know What You Did Last Summer.  The film is noticeably a reworking of the past due to the strong parallels in the film.  The movie opens with a scene very similar to Scream where the main character receives a threatening phone call before being attacked by a killer in the Scream mask.    There is a chase scene, much like in the original, but humorous aspects are added such as the killer stabbing a breast implant and the girl being hit by her own father in a car.  Ultimately, she ends up dead, just like in the original movie Scream.  The movie, as a remake of these horror films, “uses the old text to create a layered intertext between the two works, summoning in viewers the depth of feelings that extend across both texts and the time periods between them,” which is how the book describes a pastiche(Cartwright & Marita, P. 331).   Scary Movie takes the original Scream, which was considered extremely scary at the time it was released, and meshes it with horror movies that became a little more laughable in their respective times to connect the works in a parody.

Scary Movie, as a pastiche, is most definitely a pastiche with parody.  Much like the example in the book of The Simpsons playing with Psycho, Scary Movie “plays” with the plot of these scary films.  There is no intent to make a statement about the movies; it is only attempting to add some humor to films usually considered dark (Cartwright & Marita, P. 330).  The only way in which Scary Movie questions these past horror films is through the ridiculous humor in the film.  It seems to be questioning how realistic these horror films are, and plays on this notion through the ridiculous antics of the killers in the movie.

Scary movie intro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT2ONcpBJ4A&feature=related

 

 

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The memebase website is a good example of a pastiche because it has many visual examples of plays on original works.  The front page holds a great example with a graph of the United States and all of its stereotypes (see above).  Rather than just showing the states with their names or some relevant statistic, it uses the map of the United States to show the most common stereotype about people in that state.  It is asking the viewer to draw a connection between the state and the stereotype and analyze what is commonly associated with each state.

This map of US stereotypes is also an example of pastiche with parody because of its playful nature.  Usually state maps that do not list state names will show something such as political party, or chief export, but this map chose to list something irrelevant in terms of its level of seriousness.  This work questions the originals by seemingly asking, “What do people really think about this state?”  It almost seems to say that it doesn’t really matter what demographics are in the state because the stereotype of the state will summarize all you need to know.  Whether that is right or not is a matter of opinion, but for some this map could be humorous (personally I feel it could have been done much better-this one seems to have very little effort in it).

The rest of the memebase website seems to be similar in terms of its pastiche works.  Most are parodies, but assumedly this is because the website is meant to be humorous.  It takes various issues that usually are not very serious is nature and creates humorous visuals that playfully question the original.

References:

Cartwright, L. Marita, S. (2009). Practices of looking: An introduction to visual culture. (2nd ed., pp. 330-331). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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