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TOM SUTHERLAND 4122

TOM SUTHERLAND 4122
WILSON'S SCHOOL 14743

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    Evaluation: Forms of Horror Evaluation: Forms of Horror Presentation Transcript

    • EVALUATION: How does my film conform to conventions of the Horror Genre?
      Tom Sutherland (4122) – Wilson’s School
    • How does it conform?
      In planning to make the clip, I had to do lots of research into the horror genre.
      Allowed me to emulate some features and subvert others where it would be effective.
      Conventions:
      Alarm
      Playing on fear
      Effective soundtrack
      Editing style
    • (Stereo)Typical horror features
      Evil
      Blood/gore
      Monsters/unworldly power
      Isolation/being alone
      Pathetic fallacy
      Antagonist having psychopathic problems
      Darkness, use of weapons
    • Alarm
      Horror is designed to cause alarm in the audience
      Heavy links with soundtrack
      Quick pace-of-editing helps to create this atmosphere
      Camera shots from within the bushes (separate from the action) also contribute to this effect.
      These are known as enigma codes (things withheld from the audience’s knowledge. They create suspense and keep the viewer watching, wanting to find out more. I have written some below the stills from the clip below.
      Who is that? Why is he/she on the floor? What are they going to do?
      Mid/long shot framed with trees. Helps to create a sense of mystery about the wood? Where is the protagonist going?
      Who is watching? Whose hand is that. Again, contributes to the suspense and create an air of mystery about the plot.
    • Effective soundtrack
      Soundtrack is vital in creating the mood.
      Eg. You could have the best-ever shot to create suspense, but overlaid with comical music, it would not have the desired effect.
      My film has an effective, creepy soundtrack, appropriate to the genre.
      For example: bangs, heartbeats, breathing, screams etc.
    • Editing style
      Often horror films use both montage and continuity editing sequences to different effect.
      My opening sequence only uses continuity editing
      Conforms to the (usual) form for opening sequences.
      It establishes the characters and setting whereas montage editing could leave the audience feeling confused.
    • Antagonist - typicalities
      My film has a male antagonist
      Wearing a mask
      Dark colour scheme
      Carrying a blood-covered shovel
      Connotations: fear, unknown, evil
      My sequence’s antagonist
      Antagonist from Saw
    • Protagonist - typicalities
      The film subverts the stereotypical protagonist, who is a female and generally young
      Connotes vulnerability/isolation/fear etc
      However, as seen in surveys, this has worked effectively as it makes the situation more realistic and believable – the audience can better relate to it.