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Horror Presentation

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Edie Gillett

on 8 January 2013

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Typical Settings in the Horror Genre The Abandoned House Forest Forests are traditionally considered creepy as they are the habitat of large, predatory animals, and they are always dark, even in the day-time, due to the tree cover. They also usually cover a large expanse of land, meaning that there is no civilisation for miles around. When someone in a horror film/story is on their own, far from human settlements, the sense of peril is heightened. Graveyards are one of the most stereotypical scenes of horror stories/movies. Graveyards are the natural home for vampires, zombies and other forms of the undead. Graveyard Camera and Language Techniques in Horror Stories and Films The abandoned, ramshackle family house is a commonly used setting. I think this is because it has none of the associations of a family home: security, protection, warmth, light. The house in the the picture is an excellent example of a stereotypical horror-movie house because it's grim, ruined, inhospitable appearance makes it seem the antithesis of 'home', it now represents a forbidding place where bad things can happen. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelly uses personification here to create a gloomy atmosphere: 'the rain pattered dismally against the panes'. Lots of the words in this piece connote darkness and light. For example 'burnt out, half-extinguished and dull' and 'glimmer, light and yellow'. Then a dog began to howl somewhere in a farmhouse far down the road, a long, agonized wailing, as if from fear. The sound was taken up by another dog, and then another and another, till, borne on the wind which now sighed softly through the Pass, a wild howling began, which seemed to come from all over the country, as far as the imagination could grasp it through the gloom of the night.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker uses powerful adjectives throughout this piece eg 'a long, agonized wailing'. He also uses personification : '...the wind which now sighed softly' and 'as far as the imagination could grasp'. Stoker uses repetition to describe the build up of the dog's howling '...another dog and then another and another'. "As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor."

A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish be conceived than that dark form and savage face which broke upon us out of the wall of fog.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This description of the hound of the Baskervilles is a very effective piece of writing. Near the beginning of the extract Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses repetition: 'A hound it was, an enormous coal black hound,' this is effective as he uses the repetition to add more detail to the hound's description. He also uses quite a few present participle adjectives, eg 'smoudering' and 'flickering', bringing a sense of immediacy to the piece. An evening wind uprose too, and the slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music.

Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

This extract is particularly effective for its use of onomatopoeia: 'the slighter branches cracked and rattled' and 'its moaning music'. Dickens also uses the metaphor 'skeleton dances' to add to the horrific effect. Castle Castles are another typical horror setting, most famously used in Dracula. They are effective settings as they are associated with the past, myths and legends. Castles can have everything from ghosts walking the battlements to unhappy spirits in the dungeon. Close ups In horror films closeups are used to show victims' reactions. These tell the audience how they should be feeling. There is shot reverse shot between Pennywise and Georgie. This means that the audience are seeing the situation from both their perspectives. This makes the situation feel intense and claustrophobic. Close ups are also used to shock audiences. A close up like this would usually be shown after a build up of suspense. Here is an example: Thank You For Watching :) The mirror technique in horror films is effective because it can give a quick shock in a single shot. If it works, the audience are as surprised as the character. It also works because of the fear that you are not alone and there is someone behind you. Montage is another technique that directors use in this famous sequence Hitchcock edits together a series of shots. We think we see the knife stab her, but we don't. The music is also very important in this scene in creating the right atmosphere. Speaking and Listening Presentation: What are the typical settings, language features and film techniques of the Horror Genre?
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