Codes And Conventions Of Horror By Hollie-Jade Higgins
Codes & Conventions of Horror Movies...
Codes & Conventions If the killer/ baddie enters the house through the front door, it signifies the victim to be trapped, despite there being a back door Norms and Values of society are often destroyed and challenged, this leaves the audience feeling insecure Blood and Gore Victim left alone & unprotected There is often a dippy or ‘blonde’ female character Strange/ silent phone calls Eerie music/ strange noises Killer is often a recluse of society Attractive female Love Twist Dark/ Bad weather Violence Popular characters
After watching numerous horror movies, it is clear that there are many signifiers (codes and conventions) that imply the following outcome to the viewer. Death is likely if... You engage in sexual activity You take drugs You consume alcohol You say… “I’ll be right back” You ask “Who’s there..?” You go outside to investigate a weird noise A vulnerable female runs upstairs to hide
The Mind of a Killer... As human beings, we tend to have 3 main people who we turn to for help; Our Parents, The Police and our Best Friend, we use these people as our shields. So when your parents, police and best friend are killed off you’re left unprotected and vulnerable, just how the killer wants you! The Illustration below shows your shield, how when each member of the shield is killed of leaving you exposed and vulnerable.