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Analysis of horror trailer

  1. 1. Psychological and slasher horror trailers. Rebecca Paterson
  2. 2. Narrative structureThere is a series of establishing shots, where the scene is setand there is an introduction the characters showing theequilibrium – the norm. There is then a built up problem orcrisis that the characters have to try and resolve, in which weare introduced to the victim/s showing the disturbance of theequilibrium. There are then teaser shots of the action scenethat reveals problematic events but does not show them totheir full extent, they are usually distorted and quick paced inorder to build tension and create enigma also created throughfurther complication shown through a dramatic end. Thetrailer ends on a cliff-hanger in order to create enigma so thatthe audience is left wanting to see the ending and go and seethe film.
  3. 3. Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe establishing shots depict an old woman singing to a teen agegirl that seems to be upset. The old woman in contrast to theteenage girl is an example of the binary opposites used in horrormovies, depicting the characters at different ages in such contrastallows us to empathise with different age groups in relation to theage of target audiences. The teen age questions the woman andimplies that she doesn’t know where she is, also implying that sheis the victim. After this there is a series of fact paced, distortedteaser shots of couples in an isolated setting and then a jump cutscene of car crash. Weapons shown in the trailer are guns,chainsaw, knife, bear trap, and brutal violence is captured in theteaser shots. The use of low key lighting adds to the disturbingviolence. There are heightened levels of fear through the factpaced editing and lighting. The conceptual sound of the lullabyand the brutal violence creates anticipation, and also creates afalse sense of security at the beginning of the trailer. The trailerends on a cliff-hanger to leave the audience wanting to go and seethe film.
  4. 4. Nightmare on Elm StreetEstablishing shots run all the way through this trailer. The use of locations allreinforce the idea of isolation, as is common in most horror films. This trailershows, firstly an American diner and depicts a man sitting alone on a rainynight at a table, this isolation is also reinforced by a humming tune and aclock ticking. There then is fire which is a foreshadow of danger followed by ateaser shot of violence and a small introduction of the villain through thisteaser shot. There then is the introduction to the 2nd location which is a highschool with more introduction to implied victims, there is the use of weatherin scenes to foreshadow the arrival of the villain who is name “Fredi”. Theuse of claws is the only weapon that is shown and this is reinforced as theweapon in different shots through out the trailer. The last location that isshown is a street and a street name, reinforcing this sense of isolation. Thereare two series of teaser shots, the first showing victims and the use ofchildren in this scene is disturbing also another common character used inhorror as they are usually associated with innocence which is opposite to thewhat you associate with horror (binary opposites). The second teaser shotsare more violent, there is a sound clip of Fredi’s voice and the use of an “evil”laugh and lullaby at the end to increase enigma and make the audience wantto go and see the film.
  5. 5. Woman in BlackThe first shot is of a child’s room followed by a series of up close child’s musicaltoys that the music in the background seems to be coming from. There is a soundbridge into the next scene, there is a series of shots from toys to foggy marshland inwhich there is a horse and carriage along the road. There is then an introduction tothe setting of a lonely decrepit house/mansion. There are continuous shots of thechild’s toys and the continuous music in the background. There is track of a darkcorridor reinforcing the sense of the isolation. A child’s voice narrates while there isa series of shots of the main characters, children and location. The music pacequickens as the story is told as the main character gets closer to the house in whichthe girl describes as “there are those who believes the whole town is cursed by thehouse on the marsh is by far the worse”. More establishing shots of the locationmarsh and house and then a series of close up’s of the main character. Theweather and low key lighting intensifies and foreshadows the introduction to thevillain (ghostly figure). There is then a shot of writing on the wall in red which isassociated with blood, and then toys. There is then teaser shots of action shotsdepicting children, fires and the marsh. The water surrounds the house/mansionthat also increase isolation and loneliness. There is another introduction to thevillain is tease shot. You don’t have a clear image of the villain which increase theenigma and tension.
  6. 6. Woman in BlackThe first shot is of a child’s room followed by a series of up close child’s musicaltoys that the music in the background seems to be coming from. There is a soundbridge into the next scene, there is a series of shots from toys to foggy marshland inwhich there is a horse and carriage along the road. There is then an introduction tothe setting of a lonely decrepit house/mansion. There are continuous shots of thechild’s toys and the continuous music in the background. There is track of a darkcorridor reinforcing the sense of the isolation. A child’s voice narrates while there isa series of shots of the main characters, children and location. The music pacequickens as the story is told as the main character gets closer to the house in whichthe girl describes as “there are those who believes the whole town is cursed by thehouse on the marsh is by far the worse”. More establishing shots of the locationmarsh and house and then a series of close up’s of the main character. Theweather and low key lighting intensifies and foreshadows the introduction to thevillain (ghostly figure). There is then a shot of writing on the wall in red which isassociated with blood, and then toys. There is then teaser shots of action shotsdepicting children, fires and the marsh. The water surrounds the house/mansionthat also increase isolation and loneliness. There is another introduction to thevillain is tease shot. You don’t have a clear image of the villain which increase theenigma and tension.

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