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Horror genre


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Horror genre

  1. 1. Horror Genre<br />Conventions<br />
  2. 2. Don’t<br />Ignore<br />S<br />T<br />I<br />N<br />C<br />T<br />…<br />
  3. 3. Settings<br />*Small Communities<br />*Isolated Places<br />*Rural Suburban Areas<br />*Places with ‘past’ which will <br /> return<br />*Abandoned houses<br />*Homes with cellars and attics<br />*Night-time/out of hour<br />*Religions<br />*Medical institutions-<br /> Possession, demons, <br /> psychosis<br />
  4. 4. Technical Code<br />*Expressive camera work<br />*Weird high & low angles<br />*Canted camera work<br />*ECU’s on victim, identification with terror<br />*ECU’s on monster connoting invasion of personal space<br />*POV subjective, handheld or steadicam<br /> putting audience in monsters eyes<br />*Use of depth of frame in camerawork, <br /> protagonist in foreground.<br />*Unsettling jumps, sudden movement creates <br /> suspense.<br />*Ambient sound for atmosphere, footsteps etc.<br />
  5. 5. Iconography<br />*Visual signifiers of genre<br />*Colours black and red- connotations<br />*Lighting, low key high contrast emphasises shadows<br />*From unexpected angles (bonfires, natural light- <br /> sunlight, moonlight)<br />*Mise-en-scene, weapons, blood, masks, icons of <br /> supernatural<br />*Iconography of childhood/innocence<br />*Specific props: axes, knifes, guns, chainsaws, <br /> costumes, masks.<br />
  6. 6. Narrative Structure<br />*Classic realist/classic Hollywood<br />*Todorov’s theory of equilibrium<br />*Props theory of hero’s and villains<br />*Levi Strauss theory of binary <br /> oppositions<br />*Who, what and where<br />*The ending resolves what has <br /> happened.<br />
  7. 7. Character Types<br />*Main protagonist, victim/hero<br />*The final girl<br />*Stupid/Immoral<br />*Children<br />*Ineffectual police<br />*Ghosts/Zombies<br />*Demons<br />*Psychopath<br />*Stalker<br />*Spirits<br />*Werewolf<br />
  8. 8. Themes<br />*Binary oppositions –<br /> natural vs unnatural; good vs evil; <br /> known vsunkown<br />*Return of the repressed- Freudian theory<br />*Science out of control<br />*Mental Problems, envy, revenge, suicide, <br /> supernatural, sexuality, the past, lust<br />