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  • Horror Genre
    Conventions
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  • Settings
    *Small Communities
    *Isolated Places
    *Rural Suburban Areas
    *Places with ‘past’ which will
    return
    *Abandoned houses
    *Homes with cellars and attics
    *Night-time/out of hour
    *Religions
    *Medical institutions-
    Possession, demons,
    psychosis
  • Technical Code
    *Expressive camera work
    *Weird high & low angles
    *Canted camera work
    *ECU’s on victim, identification with terror
    *ECU’s on monster connoting invasion of personal space
    *POV subjective, handheld or steadicam
    putting audience in monsters eyes
    *Use of depth of frame in camerawork,
    protagonist in foreground.
    *Unsettling jumps, sudden movement creates
    suspense.
    *Ambient sound for atmosphere, footsteps etc.
  • Iconography
    *Visual signifiers of genre
    *Colours black and red- connotations
    *Lighting, low key high contrast emphasises shadows
    *From unexpected angles (bonfires, natural light-
    sunlight, moonlight)
    *Mise-en-scene, weapons, blood, masks, icons of
    supernatural
    *Iconography of childhood/innocence
    *Specific props: axes, knifes, guns, chainsaws,
    costumes, masks.
  • Narrative Structure
    *Classic realist/classic Hollywood
    *Todorov’s theory of equilibrium
    *Props theory of hero’s and villains
    *Levi Strauss theory of binary
    oppositions
    *Who, what and where
    *The ending resolves what has
    happened.
  • Character Types
    *Main protagonist, victim/hero
    *The final girl
    *Stupid/Immoral
    *Children
    *Ineffectual police
    *Ghosts/Zombies
    *Demons
    *Psychopath
    *Stalker
    *Spirits
    *Werewolf
  • Themes
    *Binary oppositions –
    natural vs unnatural; good vs evil;
    known vsunkown
    *Return of the repressed- Freudian theory
    *Science out of control
    *Mental Problems, envy, revenge, suicide,
    supernatural, sexuality, the past, lust