This essay was written as part of a Film Genre class that was part of my B.A. in Film program at Western Kentucky University. In it, I discuss the idea of a meta-movie, where the action (and sometimes the characters themselves) know about the basic tropes and themes of the movie they are currently in.
These self-reflexive films take the themes of their genre (in this case, the horror movie genre) and play into these aspects, giving a subtle wink to the audience that we all know this is a movie and we are running with it.
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