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Transcript of Horror
The House of the Devil
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
released in 1920
directed by Robert Wiene
utilized abstract settings
introduced 'twist endings'
adds eerie feeling
Meaning of Horror
The main purpose of horror is to entertain the audience , in which it explores their deepest fears and taboos.
By doing so it captures the audience's attention, the genre shows what has never before seemed possible thus playing of the conventional structure of cinema.
When one visits horror it is to experience something outside the norm of society that has been structured around them, it gives us the question of what if this truly happened.
Being so horror plays off our imagination and basic instincts
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Hills Have Eyes
The Last House on the Left
Craven was best known for combining supernatural elements into his films, therefore incorporating shock value into his films
Such as in the "Nightmare" films, he played off the concept of preying off our dreams
In result his work brought a certain fear into people's thoughts on whether we are really safe anymore.
His work played off the fear of America, many of his films had the antagonist attacking the suburbs of the US, the one haven where we think we are safe
Masters of Horror
Village of the Damned
Best noted for combining of different types of genres such as drama, and thrillers into his films
In films such as Halloween he incorporated music to set the scene and make them transition smoothly, such as the infamous shower scene during the movie
He played off human emotions such as paranoia, fear, and hate.
Let the Right One In
A Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson
Stared Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson
The film brought about an orignal take on contemporary vampirism films.
In doing so unlike many vampire films prior it explored the emotional ties that exist through characters
Brought drama and love into a genre that is usually deviod of the genres, giving it a human element that is deviod in most horror.
Compared to Nosferactu it uses the element of lighting to conceal what events are yet to happen, usually involving death.
Uses music to convey the characters emotions whether they are distraught or in anguish
What set it apart from it though is how it connects to the audience on a emotional level, making us question the feelings that lie beneath the "monster"
Sub-Genres of Horror
As horror evolved, beginning mostly in the early 60's, The genre split into various sub-genres.
New technology and special effects came about
Directors were able to include things that formerly weren't acceptable for a film.
Breakdown of Civilization
White Zombie(1932)-Victor Halperin
Night of The Living Dead(1968)
Dawn of The Dead(1978)
Attacks the viewers emotions
Masters of Horror
German expressionist horror film
released in 1922
directed by F.W. Murnau
Styles of Music:
since 1980s, many improvements have been made
does not replace makeup---enchances makeup
makes shots more seamless (removes the use of cross cutting)
"I like the reality of things, but not without the fantasy - they must dovetail. Is that not so with life, with human reactions and emotions? We have our thoughts and also our deeds."
"Phantom of the Opera"
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"