Video

The Metamorphosis

Alissa Firth-Eagland

2001, 02:00 minutes, B&W, English

TAPECODE 225.01

One scene of the classic story of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" is retold in this very short, over-the-top horror. The sound is deliberately mixed loudly and off-beat. Footsteps do not match up to their timing, the sudden eerie string music deafens the viewer, and the rich black and white footage looks a bit like film noir. The contrast between the classic aesthetic and jagged structure gives the piece a very campy feel, mocking the horror flick genre.

The single shot of the family at the kitchen table reaches an end when Gregor's sister decides to see why her brother is late for breakfast. She opens the door and suddenly sees the frightening creature her brother has become. As she screams in terror the film comes to a close, not reaching any resolution, only leaving the viewer questioning the structure and purpose of the piece.

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