Ocularcentrism, horror and The Lord of the Rings films

Peirse, Alison (2012) Ocularcentrism, horror and The Lord of the Rings films. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 5 (1). pp. 41-50. ISSN 17536421

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jafp.5.1.41_1


The majority of the analyses of The Lord of the Rings films centre on extratextual dimensions: the political economy of film production, of audiences and fandom, and the impact of technology on envisaging the series. Instead, this article explores the aesthetic qualities of the films, focusing on the visualization of the chapter ‘Lothlórien’ from Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, and ‘The passage of the marshes’ and ‘Shelob’s lair’ from The Two Towers. In making The Lord of the Rings, Director Peter Jackson engages with the cinematic possibilities of vision and images of the eye; he then borrows spectatorial conceits from the horror film in order to relate the ocularcentric to the vulnerability of the individual body of Frodo Baggins. In visualizing the trilogy, an obsession is born, not only with the image of the eye, but also with the horror of being watched and of watching.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings, horror, ocularcentrism, spectatorship, vision
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7943

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