Small, isolated communities/places. Dark streets and narrow
alleyways. Large cities or run down ghost towns. Anything
that portrays the feeling of isolation or being alone.
Often places with a ‘dark’ history, abandoned hotels, houses,
prisons or asylums.
Locations for good horror films could be: lakes, motorways,
roads, woodlands, cabins, gloomy underground tunnels,
creepy hotels, abounded houses, graveyard, asylum, blizzards
and many other dark locations.
POV shots are very important in horror films because it allows the
audience to see the world from the monster/victims eye. This usually
happens at the end or the middle of a typical horror film.
High and low angles can connote fear and nightmares
Framework sometimes makes it harder to see the killer creeping up.
Disturbing sounds are very important in a horror movie, diegetic
sounds like footsteps and non-diegetic sounds like a heartbeat.
Shots used like ECU (extreme close up) on a certain victims face can
help the audience identify horror and fear.
Editing can create unsettling tension and suspense. Is the editing
hasn't been paced up you know that something very bad is about to
Screen style: dark colours are used like red and black, these
particular colours portray evil, danger and blood
Low-key lighting helps to create dark shadowing and
unfamiliar shapes in the darkness.
Props help us further identify the horror genre. Some specific
props can help identify a certain villain or character.
The iconography of the villain displays fear and terror:
vampires, zombies, werewolves and many others.
The main victim/hero of the movie
The villain often a serial killer, ghost or monster
The immoral teenagers or citizens that always get killed
Good or bad police officers
Ghosts, Zombies, Psychopaths, stalker, the list goes on.