Conventions of a Horror Poster? Horror posters can go against the conventions of a basic film poster. They will sometimes not include main characters or a specific event. The main focus point will be the creature that is causing the disruption. The main colour theme is dark tones with fading occurring to create mystery.
The PossessionThe film poster for The The importance of thisPossession follows the poster is to disturb theconventions of a horror film audience due to the pictureposter because it includes: used which shows a hand•The film title coming out of the mouth.•A tagline The main colours used for•Release date the text are whites and reds•Credit block which stand out from the•Picture of the unnatural background which uses dull•The words True tones of grey’s and black’s.Events/Story The typography suggests that something is wrongHowever the only because of the way thereconventions that this poster are smudge marks all acrossdid not follow are the name it. The tagline createsof the director and the mystery by using the wordnames of main cast, review inside which relates to theand film website. background image.
Hide and SeekThe film poster for Hide and The importance of thisSeek follows the poster is to make theconventions of a horror film audience wonder why theposter because it includes: girl in the image is hiding•The film title and what this has relevance•A tagline too within the film. Though•Credit block the title of the film makes it•Directors name ironic, what is she hiding•Production company from?•Main Characters The colours of the text are•Release Date red and white, this allows it to stick out to the audience.However it does not include The tagline of the postera website for the film and a gives the film a creepy feelreview. to it, as it’s usually used within a young age group.
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The ApparitionThe film poster for The The importance of thisApparition follows the poster is to disturb theconventions of a horror audience due to thefilm poster because it picture used whichincludes: showshands holding onto•The film title a woman. The main•A tagline colours used for the text•Release date are white and orangewhich•Credit block stand out from the•Picture of the unnatural background which uses dull tones of grey’s andHowever the only black’s. The typographyconventions that this suggests that something isposter did not follow are wrong because of the waythe name of the director there are smudge marksand the names of main all across it. The taglinecast. creates an unsettling and creepy feeling.
PosterBy looking at the conventions shown within a horror poster, we havedecided to follow these conventions by making are poster include:Picture of the locationFilm titleA taglineCredit blockRelease dateOfficial websiteMain characters and Director’s nameProduction companyThe reason for why we will not include the words True story/events isbecause by looking at example horror posters we found that it could makethe film feel less real because the audience might think that it is only onthere to make the film seem more realistic and believable.