Codes and Conventions of hororr film

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Codes and Conventions of hororr film

  1. 1. What are the Codes and Conventions of a horror film? Alicia Russell
  2. 2. What does a typical horror film consist of? <ul><li>There is always a villain within a horror film. The identity of the villain is more often than not obvious to the viewers, but occasional it is someone who appears to a victim. (E.g. in ‘Uninvited’) </li></ul><ul><li>vulnerable characters- usually a ‘dippy’ blonde, young character, or even someone suffering with an illness. (e.g. in ‘The Haunting In Connecticut’ The main character is a cancer patient) </li></ul><ul><li>One character (usually the main character) survives right until the end. </li></ul><ul><li>There is often a prop that is of huge significance to the film, and makes a regular appearance. (E.g. in Strangers, the killers are always wearing masks) </li></ul><ul><li>characters saying lines such as ‘hello?’ or ‘who is there’, and then going into a room where they hear a strange noise’ </li></ul><ul><li>There is often a ‘hero’- a character who turns up at the end of the film and saves the day </li></ul><ul><li>The character that goes onto survive right till the end, will often be faced with some sort of injury around half way through the film, making the audience question their survival. </li></ul><ul><li>Characters will often be wearing something that will hinder the chances of their survival (e.g. wearing high heals) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Psychological Thrillers - Hide and seek, Uninvited </li></ul><ul><li>Human Monster- Se7en </li></ul><ul><li>Supernatural- The Legion </li></ul><ul><li>Thriller/Action-Adventure horror- Taken </li></ul><ul><li>Paranormal- Paranormal activity 1 &2, </li></ul><ul><li>Vampire - Dawn of the dead </li></ul><ul><li>Torture- The ‘Saw’ collection </li></ul><ul><li>Monster- I Am Legend </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual- The Haunting in Connecticut </li></ul><ul><li>Slasher/Stalker horror - Obsessed </li></ul>
  4. 4. What type of horror will my project be? <ul><li>After researching into all of the different types of horrors our project can follow, we were astounded there were so many. However, two really struck us, and this was Spiritual crossing over with paranormal horror. We picked these two as we felt there were many successful films that could also inspire our project such as the ‘The Haunting in Connecticut, Case 39, Skeleton Key etc.) </li></ul>

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