This is a specific type of something in this case a type
of film. They have characteristics that separate them
and define what the audience expects.
Women - They are either the damsels in distress or the
Men – A father figure or the savior of the film.
Children – They are the ones targeted by the antagonist,
usually help save everyone.
Here is the father
in the family and
the savior of the
Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Tring, Hertfordshire, England
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
• Usually dark, abandoned places far from help, if set in a house the
characters will have just moved there.
Trending at the moment is the theme of demonic
possession and interference from spirits.
Common situations are a family moving to a new
house or a spirit possessing a member of the family.
Another theme is that warnings are seen and ignored
with bad consequences.
Candles and matches
Chainsaw/ knife weapons ect.
Doll/ childrens toys
Camera/ video camera
Use of ambient diegetic sounds like footsteps to create
tension, along with non-diegetic sounds like a
Discordant music with a high or very low pitch to
create tension or silence to create suspense and to
emphasize loud bangs and ‘jumpy’ moments.
Dark colours used such as greys and black but paired
Lighting from unusual places e.g. natural light through
windows, bonfires and torches.
Quick shots for exciting, long shots to create suspense.
Use of unusual camera work such as extremely high
and low shots.