Village of the Damned Analysis

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Village of the Damned Analysis

  1. 1. Horror Film Analysis by Lauren Hodge
  2. 2. Shot Reverse Shot The children are reading quietly between the janitor and and the silence is broken by the the children. janitor slamming the door open.His position isworking near kids The lighting isas he is natural, along with theemployed by the lights of the classschool. While he room.is not in a The janitor is wearingposition of power a typical orange jumphe is still has a suit one that also hascertain amount of connotation ofcontrol over the prisoners. The childrenchildren making are dressed all inhim more white that matchesscary/dangerous. their hair. This particular shot shows the emotion on When the janitor speaks his the mans face as well as the childrens. The voice is gruff and sounds man is angry at them, the children curious slightly drunk, he becomes but not at all scared. more hysterical as the shot continues.
  3. 3. The shot shows theThis shot is a janitors facial andmedium shot and partial bodyshows the janitor expressions. He’sbecoming more loosing himself to hisviolent towards emotions and histhe children actions reflectjabbing his that, he’s comingwooden brush at closer to bodily harm.the children and He looks crazed.threatening them.The janitor threatens the children saying ‘I got a gun too’ he thinks the children areabnormal and are ‘wrong’. He talks about someone climbing on to the roof and‘picking of you little bastards.’ However the children are completely unaffected and juststare at him, this clues the audience in that there is something different and perhapsunnatural about the children due to the fact there is no response from them. Thestereotypical children would be afraid.
  4. 4. This shot is a close up and The mans haggard looksshows the janitor striking makes the man seem morethe boy with the brush. The dangerous, but he isseems to hate the children unaware of how dire thedue to the fact they were consequences will be.‘conceived’ during the‘Blackout’. After he hits the boy the music becomesThe only sound low and tense, thisreally heard is the represents how muchmans demented of a dangerousramblings. situation that the janitor is in. It’s only now that he becomes aware of how much a threat they are. This shot starts of with the janitor thinking he’s in control of the situation, he’s an adult and has a weapon. He’s physically bigger so could control them that way. He’s abusing the authority that his position in the school gives him.
  5. 5. What makes thisThis high angle shows the shot even morechildrens dominance over janitor. scary is that theThis subverts stereotypes as even children reactthough he’s an adult the children simultaneously. Afterhave more control. the boy was struck they all stood up.I think the fact They show a untiedthat the children front, almost as if youare so alike in hurt one you hurt thelooks and rest of them.clothes makesthe film morescary as itshows howdifferent andseparate fromthe other townmembers theyare. One of the boys David hesitates slightly before standing, he is the only unpaired out of the children and the most human like. The other children notice this later on and say that his developing of human emotions is regrettable.
  6. 6. This close up shows the ‘leader’ of A shot reverse shot is the children using his powers used between the along with the rest of the others in janitor and the boy the background. This shows us showing the boy using again how unlike the rest of the his powers and the town and even humanity they are. man falling under his control, though the fist few seconds are of theThe janitor is janitor’s face in shock.finally realisingthat he was neverin control of thesituation thechildren werelooking for anexcuse to strike. I You can hear thethink that this sound of the childrensituation worked in using their powers asthe childrens well as the janitorsfavour as if Special effects are used in this small gasp ofanyone says shot to show us the children shock, then hisanything they can using they’re powers. Their breathing. He’s scaredclaim self defence. eyes turn bright green and and is starting to regret there pupils pulse. casing trouble.
  7. 7. His facial expressions shows a This over the shoulder shot combination of horror, confusion shows the man backing out and detachment. He’s horrified the class under childrens at how different the children influence. truly are and what he’s being made to do. He’s confused as to how they are controlling him. And the detachment comes from the ‘mind control’.He holds the brushin front of him For every stepperhaps as some the childrensort of defense, a take forwardspart of his mind he takes oneknows what back.happening but he’strying to protecthimself. Music that can be described as sci-fi plays in the back ground quiet and slowly, showing how deadly the children are,
  8. 8. The tracking shot is used to follow The children are all paired the children out of the door. It shows off except David who’s them advancing on the janitor. partner died at birth, they automatically gravitate to their partner.They arelooking for The children are veryrevenge alike in theirupon the movements andjanitor who mannerisms, they walkstruck their huddled together inleader. They some form ofwish to misguided protection.cause himthe samepain hecaused theboy, though Only David looked hesitant at attacking the janitor butthey magnify follows them because they are ‘the same’ as he laterit. tells his mother.
  9. 9. This long shot shows the janitor being forced to walk up Sound perspective is the ladders backwards. used, you can hear the tap tap tap of him climbing the ladder and then when the camera focuses on the children you can hear them using their powers.This shot alsolooks to be a lowangle showinghow the childrenare in control. He’ssubordinate tothem now as theycan make him do One thing that makes this scene morewhatever they scary is the setting a school, a publicwant. place anyone can see the children using their powers but they dont care. It shows that they have faith in their powers and dont feel threatened by the other people.
  10. 10. This low angle shows the man being Moments before his fall forced to impale himself on his brush you can hear drums and after falling of the roof. the music gets louder and more insistent, showing that this scene is the demiseThere is little to of the janitor.no sound whenthe man is The janitor is foundfalling save by the childrenswhen he teacher who is alsosmashes in to Maras father justthe windscreen seconds afterof a truck. You impact, he knowshear the glass that theshatter and a children, his childyelp from the caused this and isman. scared of them. Again special effects are used in this shot to show the childrens eyes turning red simultaneously. The red colour fits them well as red gives connotations of blood, insinuating his death will be messy and blood. Red is also the universal sign of danger.

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