Real media texts investigation

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Real media texts investigation

  1. 1. REAL MEDIA TEXTS INVESTIGATION
  2. 2. In the following slides I will be analysing horror film trailer and how they relate to typical codes and conventions found in horror trailers. Codes and conventions typically seen in horror films include: -isolated setting Eerie music Tension and suspense Short takes Fast cut editing Either a supernatural being, monster or villain.
  3. 3. THE PURGE
  4. 4. The Purge takes on a new narrative with ‘The purge’ being a yearly event in which for 12 hours all crime is legal. The film is set in the future therefore adds and unknown emphasis on the film itself. The trailer uses typical conventions seen in horror trailers such as dark lighting and sound effects. The trailer also includes costume and makeup to look like blood for the gory parts. The conventions used in the trailer adds to the unknown suspense of the film, will you survive the 12 hours of the purge? There is a slow build up in the trailer and face paced action towards the end which follows Freytag's theory of narrative. Women can also be seen as vulnerable and the victim which relates to Laura Mulvey’s male gaze theory.
  5. 5. THE LAST EXORCISM PART 2
  6. 6. The last exorcism part 2 also follows typical conventions of horror trailers. The narrative contains a supernatural being over taking the body of a young girl, the same girl used in the first last exorcism film. This adds some continuity to both of the films and loyal audiences will notice this. There is a lot of suspense and tension built up throughout the film with the use of lighting and sound effects etc. There are also jumpy moments which are again typical of horror films. The sense of unknown is carried throughout the entire trailer. All of the conventions I have mentioned above add to the overall suspense and tension of the horror trailer. Women are seen as the victim but aloso the protagonist which relates to representation theories of women either being victims or overcoming the supernatural being.
  7. 7. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
  8. 8. Although the trailer for paranormal activity 3 adheres the typical conventions of a horror trailer such as darkness and a supernatural being, it does go against typical conventions of the horror genre. There is no fast pace action towards the end of trailer, instead of which there is the use of the hand held camera which is not commonly used in horror trailers. This trailer does not follow Aristole’s linear narrative theory but possibly a circular one as the sequels of the film work backwards.

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