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Buzz Bombs: The Room, Snakes on a Plane and Cult Audiences in the Internet Era

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Buzz Bombs: The Room, Snakes on a Plane and Cult Audiences in the Internet Era

Godin, Derek (2013) Buzz Bombs: The Room, Snakes on a Plane and Cult Audiences in the Internet Era. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis will chart the lives of two films released in the 21st century that had audiences identifiable as cult: The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003) and Snakes on a Plane (David R. Ellis, 2006). It will cover each film's conception, production history, release, reception and ongoing half-life. But special focus will be given in each case to the online activities of the fans, be it creating fan art or spreading word of these particular films. Specifically, this thesis will discuss online fan activity pertaining to both films, and how each film and fan activities related to each fit in the context of fan studies and cult studies. This thesis is not so much about cult films per se but about how cult audiences are created and maintained in the age of modern, Web-based practices and phenomena (promotional web pages, blogging, forums, memetics, and so on).

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Godin, Derek
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Film Studies
Date:July 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Wasson, Haidee
Keywords:cult film, fandom, fan cultures, cult studies, paracinema, tommy wiseau, the room, snakes on a plane, meme, memetics, paratext, viral, virality
ID Code:977766
Deposited By: DEREK GODIN
Deposited On:25 Nov 2013 17:29
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45

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