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Horror - Genre Conventions

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Hattie Upton-Dance

on 7 October 2012

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Conventions of a Horror Film Introduction Horror films are unsettling films designed to evoke negative emotional responses such as fear, panic, alarm and sadness, they also seek to bring on adrenaline rushes and keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Horror films focus on the dark side of life and tend to be able to identify with the audiences hidden fears, nightmares, our vulnerability, our alienation and terror in order to evoke these responses. Setting Horror films are usually set in dark isolated areas with a sense of morbidity. Communities within the setting are often isolated and small. Urban environments are used in horror films as they have narrow alleyways, dark streets and run down areas. Some settings such as hospitals or houses have a foreboding history such as a history of death, implying that they are haunted. Examples Churches, graveyards, abandoned warehouses, haunted houses, abandoned funfairs, hospitals, basements, attics, lofts, hotels, woods, forest, holidays homes, log houses, lakes, deserted cities, cabins, cities, mental hospitals, asylums, prisons, islands, underground, dungeons, chambers, tunnels, abandoned ships, woodlands, spaceships, science labs, cornfields, factories Technical Codes High and low camera angles are used to create the effect of power and con notate fear and vulnerability. Jump cuts are used to quicken the illusion of time, and create a sense of pace, suspense, and urgency. POV shots allow the audience to see through the eyes of the villain. Allowing the audience to access further information than the protagonist allows them to feel a sense of fear and protection towards them. Similarly POV shots through the eyes of the victim allows the audience to empathize and feel fear for them. Handhold camera shots are often unclear creating a sense of the unknown in horror films. Framework can be used to create an uneasy tension in the shot. For example placing the villain within the background and using a shallow depth of field. Sound Diagetic Sounds - Ambient diagetic sounds is essential in any Horror film, music that is climatic is often used to build up tension. Disturbing sounds are also often used such as children singing/whispering. Non Diagetic Sounds are used to scare the audience, such as screams or foreboding heavy breathing. Editing Fast paced editing can create an unsettling tension. A variety of pace - especially a sudden fast cut can scare the audience By Hattie Upton-Dance Iconography Iconography studies the identification, description and interpretation of the content of images. When analyzing genre we look for images that are typical of representing horror films Religious symbols Blood Weapons Dark coloured clothing Black and Red Lighting - Expressive, low key lighting to create dark shadows and sense of mystery. Plot - Narrative Often Horror films follow standard structure (Equilibrium - Disruption - Attempt to repair - Equilibrium) Sometimes they end on a cliffhanger of a note of mystery to stop the audience from feeling safe. Or to leave room for a sequal. The protagonist is usually a victim, and in great danger Depending on the SUB GENRE the narrative can be very conventionally constructed. Cannibalism or Cannibal Films
Classic Horror
Costume Horror
Creature Features
Demonic Possession
Frankenstein, other Mad Scientists
Giallo (European, Italian specifically)
Haunted House, other Hauntings
Horror Comedy
Natural HorrorOlder-Woman-In-Peril Films ("Psycho-Biddy", aka 'Hag Horror' or 'Hagsploitation')
Psychic Powers
Psychological Horror
Sadistic Horror
Satanic Stories
Sci-Fi Horror
Serial Killers
Sex Horror
Slashers or "Splatter" Films
Supernatural Horror
Teen Terror ("Teen Screams")
Wolves, Werewolves
Zombies Themes Depression Death Good vs. Evil Religion Revenge Nightmares Fear Madness Insanity Zombies Envy Suicide Hate Science Survival
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