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Character roles The killer – usually male and unknown. Appearance is often hidden using props such as masks or creative means such as dark lighting. Often has a traumatic childhood experience which explains his behaviour (the return of the repressed) making you able to identify with him. Often uses handheld weapons such as axes, knives and chainsaws. Seems invincible and can survive a lot of damage! Examples: Scream, Halloween & Nightmare on Elm Street. The victims – often young, attractive high school or college students. It has been said that these victims are chosen for punishment of illegal / immoral behaviour, that they are especially vulnerable in society or that they simply get themselves into dangerous situations more (being left home alone)
Violence and simple plots Slasher films often incorporate simple, quite predictable plots. The focus of these films are the violence, gore and brutal imagery that is shown in a lot of detail and for a long time. They also create a response of fear from the audience due to the tension created by the characters’ suspense of murder and editing techniques such as lighting and non diegetic sound.