Film Title: The Number 23Release Date : 23rd Feb 2007 (UK)Genre: Psychological Thriller.
Brief Plot Synopsis:Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.
Briefly describe the contents of the trailer: A man named Walter Sparrow is given a book as a present by his girlfriend about the number 23 and theories about the number. He starts to obsess over the number as he finds striking similarities between himself and the character in the book. The trailer shows his obsession worsening along with his sanity.
Describe the characters and their appearances. Do these conform to the horror genre?Walter Sparrow: Average looking 30-something, long brown hair, casually dressed. As the film goes on his appearance becomes more unruly/erratic: unruly hair, torn clothes etc, which fit in with the horror genre.Girlfriend: His girlfriend is the stereotypical classy lady, very clean and organised, blonde hair, beautiful, smartly dressed etc.Son: Walter’s son: Conventional teenager, casual clothing, similar hairstyle to his father.
Describe settings and locations:Darkly lit scenes, especially as content becomes darker. Shop where book is found, dim lighting etc. Messy scenes as Walter’s mind starts to be engulfed with 23, scribblings of the number over walls etc. Walter’s dreams in almost pitch black room, dreams of his girlfriend with darker hair, connotes dark thoughts.
Does the trailer link to the film’s title/synopsis?Yes, there is a very clear narrative structure as Walter discovers and becomes obsessed with ‘23’, and like the synopsis says, his paranoia heightens as the trailer goes on.
Were there any predominant themes? Obsession, theory ,myth, legend, speculation.
Were there any props significant to the trailer?The book Walter reads which contains the number 23 phenomenon.
How would you describe the camera work?The shots are all quite close to Walter, showing his expressions. Point of view shots of the book. More erratic shots as the trailer goes on connoting Walter’s hysteria.
How was sound used on the trailer?Atmospheric sound, some dialogue to give a sense of narrative. More drumbeat/erratic music as Walter becomes more erratic, and then a slow ending.
Editing?Combination of fast paced cuts and slow-mos for effect. Integration of 23 into various word headings, connoting that Walter sees the number everywhere.
Could you tell by the content of the trailer what genre it belonged to?Yes, the non diegetic music, captures of mental breakdowns, shots showing the characters anxieties etc. are all typical of a psychological thriller/horror.
Anything you think didn’t work?I felt that conventionally the trailer was good, but perhaps slightly tame. Could have seen more hysteria or background knowledge of the characters, though of course a trailer can only show a limited amount.
Is this a typical trailer for this type of film?Yes, the psychological elements, fast and slow paced cuts, theoretical speech etc. are all typical of a psychological thriller/horror.