These areas are the common ones that horror villains fall into. They’re either not right in the head and are just loony psycho killers, it’s the end of the world (like a zombie film) or there are demons or ghosts from ‘the other side’.
01.intro to horror (miss hill)
Horror GenreI’m scared, so very scared!!!!!
So You Think You Know Horror Name the films that the following characters appear in:
Horror Films you have watched List as many horror film that you haveseen. Share your list with the other people atyour table. You have five mins to do this.
Horror Horror is all about making us scared It is about FEAR What things frighten us? Consider thephotos on the next page
Fear of the UnknownHorror of Personality(Psycho)Horror of Armageddon(Invasion of the Body Snatchers)Horror of the demonic(The Exorcist)Dystopian world view
Audiences of HorrorWhy would audiences want to ‘escape’ with agenre that stimulates fear and anxiety withhorrific events?A Nightmare on Elm Street = 9 sequels since 1984 Saw = 6 sequels since 2004Halloween = 10 sequels since 1978 Final Destination = 5 sequels since 2000Friday the 13th = 12 sequels since 1980 Paranormal Activity = 4 sequels since 2007
Fear What are you afraid of now and why? What were you afraid when you were achild? Why were you afraid? How did youget over your fear? What do you do now when you are afraid?
THE CONVENTIONS OF HORROR FILMS Plot line/Story Typical events, Stars Style of filming Editing Style DialogueType of charactersTypical settingsExpected propsMain themesMoodMusicIn groups list the conventions of horror movies(conventions are the elements you expect in ahorror film): Try to fit in an example from thehorror films you knowTypical Convention General Examples Examples From Films
Some important things to knowabout GenreGenres change over time……When a particular type of film becomespopular, it is imitated, then a genredevelops. Over time, certain conventionsbecome a “set” part of the convention.Eventually, changes occur, subgenresappear. Some may become full genres.A mature genre can be parodied or mockedFilms may mix their genres, to create newones eg comedy-romance
Some important things to knowabout Genre• Genres can be made up of sub-genres,each with their own specific set ofconventions.• Subgenres of Horror - slasher, teen terror,serial killers, Dracula, Frankenstein,monster, zombie, vampire, alien, evilchildren,• Try to name a film that fits each subgenre
Some important things to knowabout Genre• Genre movies tell us about the time inwhich they are made, not set• Genre movies reinforce ideas in society– In The Ring, there is a fear of technology –Samara can kill you through the television & aphone call says you will die in 7 days.• Genre movies often involve conflictbetween accepted ideas and “the other”
“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre,using original images. To include titles.”Research  Genre Research (sub-genres,conventions, opening sequences, etc.) Brainstorming (possible camera,costumes, music, locations, narrativeideas, etc. including sketches) Audience Research 1 (questionnaire –min. 10 questions & 20 people surveyed)
An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre,using original images. To include titles.”Initial Planning Treatment (an outline of your film) Character Profiles (details on yourcharacters and their background) Audience Research 2 (feedback onceyou present your idea and info on howthat has impacted your film)
An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre,using original images. To include titles.”Production Planning Storyboards (1 per group – these can becolour drawings or photo storyboards) Production design pages (details andreasons why you’ve chosen specificlocations, costumes, camera angles, etc.) Script (dialogue, sound choices, voice-over) Shot Lists / Shooting Schedule
An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre,using original images. To include titles.”Production & Editing Film your film. You can use school cameras or your own if theyare HD. You are encouraged to film outside of school.No planning = no permission to film! Your research & planningfolder must be signed off before you can start the next phase.You will be marked on… Holding a shot steady (so use a tripod where needed) Framing Variety of camera angles/shot distances Selecting mise-en-scene Continuity editing Sound Titles & appropriate transitions
An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre,using original images. To include titles.”Written Evaluation 
Lets start analysing Darkness Falls Don’t be Afraid of the Dark Prom Night Scream Scream 2 The Amityville Horror Wrong Turn
Watch and Write‘Prom Night’ (2008), Nelson McCormick‘Scream’ (1996), Wes Craven‘Darkness Falls’ (2003), Jonathon Liebesman‘The Ring’ (2002), Gore Verbinski‘Saw’ (2004), James WanFill in the Opening Sequence Analysis sheet