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The codes and conventions of a horror film

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  • 1. The codes and conventions of a horror film
  • 2. Codes and conventions
    The codes and conventions of a horror film are almost like the 'rules' that a film of this genre must follow in order to be successful. Within a horror film there are various types of villains that can be used.
  • 3. Codes and conventions
    For example, supernatural monster such as in the exorcist. Our opening title sequence will involve the idea of the human monster. A human being plays the villain. This is used in many films for example ‘psycho’. The twist in out film as that we are introduced to 3 possible villains from the start.
  • 4. Codes and conventions
    Primarily horror films start by showing a normal life, life before an ‘incident’ took place or before the horror began. This sets the seen, explains the personalities of the characters and the main character is introduced.
  • 5. Codes and conventions
    There are many typical characteristics of the horror genre; these are for example the type of victim. In many films the victims are teenagers. This is used because of the stereotype of teenagers being vulnerable. For example being left home along by parents is a perfect setting for an incident to take place.
  • 6. Codes and conventions
    Horror films are designed to be unsettling. They conventionally are made to frighten and panic viewers, create a sense of dread and alarm and to invoke our worst hidden fears.
  • 7. Codes and conventions
    Another convention of horror films is pathetic fallacy. Generally rainy and stormy weather is considered a better setting for a horror film, especially at night as the weather reflects the mood of the scene
  • 8. Codes and conventions
    When in the film the victims are scared there are three main characters that they turn to, a best friend/lover, the police and God.