Similarities Between These Two Horror Films
The fantasy-horror films Vampire Academy (2014) and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) are very similar. Some elements that make these two films seem much alike are: the main female protagonist being chosen to help save a race of supernatural beings, the juxtaposition of good versus evil, and how the main character ultimately finds out that she is a human-supernatural hybrid and must use her powers to defeat evil.
Let’s take the first element presented in these films, that of a seemingly normal girl chosen to aid supernatural beings. In Vampire Academy, Rose Hathaway, who is played by Zoey Deutch, seems to be a very normal girl, chosen to be the guardian of the Moroi, who are peaceful, mortal vampires threatened by evil, immortal ones. The way that this plot point connects to The Mortal Instrument: City of Bones movie is that the two girls are both apparently average, and they have to protect their people from outside evils, much like a sort of guardian angel figure.
Next, we have the good versus evil trope that both films use. In The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, there are dark angels that are coming to steal the souls and integrity of the angels of light. It’s these angels of light that the female protagonist, Clary, is guarding. This is also a retelling of the first point above in the story arc.
The last common comparison between these two movies is that of the female protagonists, Rose and Clary. Both are humanoids, or humans with special abilities and powers, which they find out about during both of their guardianships. These realizations help the girls better prepare for what is coming in the future of their worlds, in terms of grave danger to both of their respective tribes or groups.
Based on these three elements that both of the films utilize, we can see that Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie follow a structured mythos that is gaining more ground in the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
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