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Horror Sub-genres

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Alice Connolly

on 14 March 2014

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Horror Sub-genres
Horror Sub-genres
Science fiction
Slasher Conventions
Most characters are rebellious teenagers and there are few adults
Masked killer usually stalks victims for revenge or to punish them (e.g. the killer in 'In Know What You Did Last Summer' intends to punish the characters for accidentally killing an innocent stranger)
Victims are killed gruesomely with weapons such as knives, axes and chainsaws
Final female is usually sensible and intelligent, refrains from taking illegal drugs and alcohol, and is usually not sexually active
Killer is often unmasked and sometimes killed by the final female near the end of the film (e.g.Sidney in discovers that Billy and Stu are the killers in 'Scream')
Killer is almost always male or is masculine and physically powerful
Stock location is an isolated/suburban house, woods or a school
Sequels are often made (e.g. Scream 2, 3, 4...)
Supernatural Conventions
Features ghosts, spirits and demons
Supernatural films are considered to be the most frightening as they are about the 'fear of the unknown'
Mediums often assist by using seances to resolve supernatural disturbances (e.g. In 'Drag Me To Hell' a medium carries out a seance)
Miracles and curses may feature
Psychological Conventions
Less gore and violence than a slasher with few deaths
The narrative features a disturbed individual who often has mental issues (e.g. In Jacob's Ladder, Jacob experiences haunting flashbacks and hallucinations)
This antagonist is sometimes intent on causing harm as a result of their mental problems (e.g. In 'The Shining', Jack is driven insane by supenaural sightings and attempts to kill his wife and son)
Unlike slashers, the antagonist looks and acts like a normal person, before their true character becomes apparent
In this presentation I will explore the sub-genres of horror and their convention. Horror has seven main sub-genres with varying conventions:
Examples of
Slasher Films
Examples of Supernatural Films
Examples of Psychological Films
Examples of Zombie Films
Examples of Gothic Films
Zombie Conventions
Our Choice of
The Scariest Genre
Feature traditional horror stories and often based on Gothic novels (e.g. vampires in 'Dracula')
Gothic horrors are usually set in the past (e.g. 'The Woman in Black' was released in 2012 but set in the Edwardian Era)
Stock location is often an old mansion or castle with graveyards, forests and foggy towns as additional locations
Women are always presented as damsels in distress (e.g. In the 'Bride of Frankenstein', although the Bride is a monster, she is still seen as weak and vulnerable)
A handsome hero saves the day (e.g. In 'Sleepy Hollow', Ichabod Crane saves Katrina from the Horseman)
Centred around a tight community of uninfected humans
Locations are clearly post apocalyptic - trashed, deserted towns, abandoned locations
Recognisable urban landmarks may feature to highlight location and desertion (e.g. Westminster Bridge and Picadilly Circus in '28 Days Later')
The protagonists want to survive rather than to eradicate zombies
The main/lead character will usually survive and zombies will be wiped out
We have decided to create our promotional package for a supernatural possession film. This genre is more realistic and more scary for audiences for a number of reasons.
Supernatural films are currently very popular. This genre is the most frightening as audiences have a 'fear of the unknown'.

In recent years, increasing technology has given supernatural films the potential to become even scarier than ever.
Supernatural films are tend to stick in the minds of the audience. Particularly frightening shots such as jumpy moments and he trailer's sting will be memorable, and continue to haunt the audience. In Supernatural films, spirits target anyone, so audiences will find this genre very chilling.
Possession films often feature religious figures (e.g. In 'The Exorcist' two priests conduct an exorcism on a demonically possessed girl)
Adults and children of both genders can be possessed, making the audience feel even more vulnerable
Possessed people will often levitate, contort and speak in strange voices as they have lost control of their minds and bodies
Examples of Possession Films
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