Overview: The Golem Project is central to the course: it demonstrates your analytical skills and provides
you with the important experience of “doing” and “producing” horror as well as “analyzing” and “consuming”
Total Essay Length: Minimum of 10 full pages
Sources to Use: Elizabeth S. Baer. The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction; Mary W.
Shelley. Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus
Scenario: Blumhouse Productions, probably the most active and innovative organization in horror
production over the past decade, is interviewing and vetting you for the position of executive producer and
creative consultant for its projected film: The Golem. As a preliminary to the interview, you are to submit an
essay (detailed below) demonstrating your knowledge of the subject and describing how you would
envision the Golem. Like much of Blumhouse products, the Golem is to frighten but also to address through
horror an important current social issue. The essay is to be organized around the following three parts
Part I: Golem Overview: Describe and explain the origins and development of the Golem legend and the
different ways it has been depicted and used over time (based on Elizabeth Baer’s The Golem Redux).