How is the genre of psychological thriller constructed??• The identity of the protagonist is hidden and all we see is hands, this creates mystery therefore constructing the genre of psychological thriller.• Psychological thriller genre is constructed through internal manifestation of the protagonists psyche. All we see is the protagonists plans and what he is trying to achieve. This makes the audience feel uneasy and uncomfortable because we get to see into the protagonists mind and see his thoughts.
What do the opening titles show, visually? How is narrative enigma created?• Narrative enigma is created in the way that the opening is a picture with gaps. The audience get the picture of how there is someone planning all these murders however they have to watch on to fill in the gaps about who the protagonist is and why he is planning theses murders.• When we see the tweezers, it gives the impression that the protagonist is very precise in what he is creating/constructing.• At the end of the credits we see the protagonist cut out the word God, this implies to the audience that this is what the character is about and this is what influences him.
Why has Kyle Cooper chosen to use CU shots which hide the identity of the villain? Where do these shots position the viewer?• The CU of the protagonists hands and the hidden identity ensures that all the audience is watching are the plans and what the protagonist is trying to achieve.• The CU also show the close proximity between the audience and protagonist. It makes the audience feel like they are in his presence, making them feel uncomfortable and at unease.
What is the effect of music?• The music is very psychotic which could reflect his personality and make the audience more fearful of the protagonist.• All the way through the sequence, the music builds up in pace and sound, at the end of the sequence there is a crescendo of all the music coming together. This implies to the audience that the protagonists plans have come together and he is ready to achieve his goal and put his plans in place.
How has typography been used?• The jagged rough lettering can portray how his mind is disjointed and rough.• The lettering flashes across the screen, this could show how ideas are flashing through his mind constantly thinking of different acts of torture to persue.
How is the mise-en-scene conveyed?• The needle and thread convey a sense of patching something together, like forming ideas in his mind to create a plan.• The dark and dim lighting represents his dark and evil thoughts.
What information is provided in the opening sequence?• The information provided is that there is a character who seems to be planning acts of torture and planning to eliminate people, we know this because of the drawings that we see. We also get the impression that there is something to do with religion that is effecting the protagonist.
How has the sequence been edited?• There are short jump cuts that flash across the screen which creates analipsis which creates a sense of narrative enigma and mystery.• The long length shot at the end when the protagonist is taking out the word God emphasises what he’[s about and maybe what the film is based on.