Investigating the key elements of     a Horror film synopsis:             Settings               Icons            Prota...
Often the main characters in a horror film have had aOrphan:                               negative experience in their pa...
Death or the grim reaper is one ofFinal destination 5                              the biggest icons within the horror    ...
Scream 4Sidney Prescott returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of herbook tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewe...
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  1. 1. Investigating the key elements of a Horror film synopsis: Settings Icons Protagonists Stock characters/ stereotypes Stock situations/ plots
  2. 2. Often the main characters in a horror film have had aOrphan: negative experience in their past which is holding them back, for Kate it is the loss of her still born baby.Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage aftersuffering the loss of a still born baby. Kate had a drinkingproblem, but is in therapy and doing well being sober for one year.The couple decide to adopt a child & when they meet the nine-year-old Russian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, theyimmediately fall in love with the young orphan. Their youngson, Daniel, is hostile towards his new sister; but their deaf-mutedaughter, little Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Katebegins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly evenpsychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wifesmisgivings, and the wounds in their marriage reopen. Kate callsSister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Estherhas a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further intoEsthers past and discovers she is not at all who she pretends to be. Its very common for the protagonistYoung orphans/children feature in many horror to figure out the truth, but then befilms as a negative connotation. They have foolishly ignored by the otherbecome an icon, & the thought of an evil child is characters.chilling and sick.
  3. 3. Death or the grim reaper is one ofFinal destination 5 the biggest icons within the horror genre. It comes in many forms and is very effective as it relates to the fearIn this fifth instalment, Death is just as many people have of dyingomnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after oneman’s premonition saves a group of co-workers In horror filmsfrom a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But phycic premonitions arethis group of unsuspecting souls was never common, theysupposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race mostly belong toagainst time, the ill-fated group frantically tries the protagonist and often cometo discover a way to escape Death’s sinister true.agenda. Death has all the power, the characters have no Escaping death is almost always control over the situation. This is a common the main aim for the characters factor in horror films, the main characters always in a horror film. have no control over what is happening, this is what makes them vulnerable.
  4. 4. Scream 4Sidney Prescott returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of herbook tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, whoare now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate.Unfortunately, Sidneys appearance also brings about the return ofGhost face, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, herfriends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. When Sidneyscousin Jills life is threatened, and her friends are being picked offone by one, Sidney, Gale and Dewey need to figure out whosreinventing the deadly game before it becomes too late. The different stereotypes of theGhost face is one of the biggest stock character are veryicons in the horror genre and common within slasher horrorhas a negative connotation: movies, e.g, the jock, the popular girl, Most horror films are set in small towns such as Woodsboro. This emphasis the fact that the characters are trapped, and suggests that they are being killed by someone they know.

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