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The Haunting Opening Deconstruction

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  • 1. THE HAUNTING OPENING 2 MINUTE DE-CONSTRUCTION
  • 2. ScoreThe score in the opening 2 minutes of“The Haunting” consists of mainly anarrator speaking. The narrator tells usthe legends of “Hill House,” and weimmediately are made aware that it is ahouse that was “born bad”. The musicin the background, however, startsquietly, mysteriously, and when we seethe horses and carriage it becomesquite menacing. When the horses rearup in a panic the music becomesquite erratic, and merges in with what is happening on screen very well. Themusic is ever present through out the opening 2 minutes, carrying along with itits eerie feel. Whenever something shocking happens on the screen as thenarrator’s legends are visualised, the music becomes erratic again and fits inwith what is happening. For example, when the woman falls down the stairs fromthe presence of a ghost, the music fits the even well.
  • 3. This point of viewshot is from when Point ofthe horses panic and view shotfall to the effective inground, and seems showing theto be in the point of horse hasview of the horses. fallen down. Very Glum sky, bland dark, connotin setting in g that this film contrast with the is full of dark house itself. secrets and happenings.
  • 4. The house is very poorly lit, We are made aware in the openingemphasizing its dark nature 2 minutes, that there is a ghostly presence in the house, as we see this door opening seemingly by itself.
  • 5. Summary The opening 2 minutes to the film are very revealing, and the main plot of the film is told straight to us by the narrator – About “Hill House,” a house that was “born bad.” It consists of legends being visualised, and a ghostly presence influencing bad happenings and deaths. There is no production splash or opening credits shown in the opening 2 minutes of the film.