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Codes and Conventions of horror films

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Scott Dumbill

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Codes and Conventions of horror films

Codes and Conventions of horror films
Typical themes
Revenge
Childhood issues
Good vs Evil
Nightmares
Living dead (zombie/vampire)
Religion
Science gone wrong
Suicide
Lust
Envy
Depression/Mental problems
Freedom/ control
Typical characters
Monster of the night (werewolf, vampire, zombies)
Final girl (the last victim standing)
The non believer
Hero
loved up couple
Killer/psychopath
Horror sub genres
Horror can be split into sub genres:
The Monster Scare
Psychological Thrillers
Slasher
Sci-fi Horror
Supernatural
Suspense/Thriller

Typical features
There is usually elements of things such as death, murder, the unknown, unnatural, ghosts, vampires, zombies, blood, some kind of weapon like a knife or axe. There is often a antagonist out to kill the protagonist and they have to fight for survival.

Settings
The settings within horror films are usually isolated, abandoned or locations with a hidden past this can create a sense of tension and how they are alone, these are usually set at night time. However the setting for a horror genre is varied and can be set in almost any location at any time of day.
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