Conventions of horrorSetting: Themes of Horror:• Isolated communities • Vampires• Cities • Zombies • Ghosts• Towns with “dark and/or no history” • Often Influenced by social, political and/orLocations: technological development. • Death• Country side • Gothic• School • Satanism• Hotels• Graveyards• Underground Sewers• Castle• Abandoned houses• School• Open/underwater
Camera angles – Best suited for a horror.Point of view : Giving the audience, a view Extreme close up: Showingthrough the protagonist or antagonist, gives bodily parts such as the “Eye”that mystery to the character usually is often used as if they aredescribed as “John Doe”. showing the shock/realization in the characters eye adding aHandheld: Often used to give that “shaky” weary atmosphere.feeling and a “Series of blurs” can leave theaudience agitated has they cannot see what Dutch/Canted angle: Often putis fully going on adding to a “tense” in an odd angle, giving it aatmosphere. psychological and/or tension in the frame.High/Low anglesNormally used to show vulnerabilitytowards the “Victim(s)” and/or dominant ofthe antagonist to the audience.
CharactersIn horror, it’s often that the • Vampiresprotagonist is the “Victim” • Cannibalsas well as the “hero”. • Zombies • Serial killersThe antagonist will often • Childrenportray the “Enemy” and • Spirits“Villain” of the film. • Psychopaths • StalkersHorrors such as “The • Ghostsshining” or the “Orphan” • demonscontain “Innocent” • Vicious animalschildren.It often containssupernatural charactersuch as Vampires in“Horror of Dracula”.
Story types of horror• Slasher• Science fiction• Supernatural• Teen terror• Serial killers• Satanic• Monsters• Sub-Genre• Body Horror: “The thing”• Comedy Horror: “Scary Movie”• Gothic horror: “Dracula”• Natural horror: “Jaws”• Psychological horror “Gothika”• Science fiction horror “Predator”• Splatter film “Wolf creek”• Zombie films “Dawn of the dead”
Georges Méliès & George Albert SmithGeorges Méliès was the George Albert Smith was anfirst man to build a film inventor and the first personstudio. He was a French to successfully release aillusionist and become colour film “Kinemacolour”famous in discovering the“Stop trick”, and one ofthe few filmmakers to use“Dissolves”, “MultiplesExposures” Etc.
Sound in horror filmsHorror films tend to have:Slow ominous musicHigh pitched mainly used for incidentalsound.Sound commonly used areViolins/Pianos/Bass/Choir•Sound used within supernatural horrorstend to base around:•Fast pace music for tense scenes or actionscenes•Common use of choir singing•Common use of a beat in the time of adrum/heart•Piano/organ music
Horrors ways of affecting the audienceCopycat theory Horrors create fearsHorrors have been said to influence some Depending on the audiencepeople to imitate the brutal methods of the watching ,horrors can createkillers portrayed on screen . People who different types of fear:watched horror may copy what the •Vulnerabilitycharacter’s movement in the real life. •Terror of the unknown •NightmaresTo protect children who is underage, •Alienationparents should be the gate keeping along •revulsionswith BBFC who put the age restrictions onthe horror film such as (PG and 18) whichhelp parents know weather the film is suittheir children or not.