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Horror Conventions

  1. 1. Genre Conventions Horror By George Ring
  2. 2. Location Setting for a horror film is key. If the setting is good, it can present an amount of fear among the audience unlike any other, without displaying anything else. They are usually in an isolated place such as small communities, dark streets or run down places. Large cities, forests, countryside or anywhere which shows isolation among the characters in the film. This presents them as being alone and amounts to the fear. They are also often places with history, for example, an asylum, an abandoned house or old hotels. This is key for establishing the genre among the audience as it allows them to see where the film is going to take place. Insidious Evil Dead (2013) - Setting
  3. 3. Sound Throughout horror films, Sound is key in enhancing shots and ensuring the audience are feared. The use of non-diegetic music can create atmosphere, while having none at all can make the audience feel isolated. Using Foley Sounds help exaggerate a point and build suspense. For example, they can be foot steps and creaking floorboards. The everyday sounds allow the audience to relate, ensuring they watch the film. Diegetic sounds can be enhanced to allow tension to build while fast and loud non-diegetic can make the audience jump or feel scared. One of the most notable use of sound in horror was during the Psycho shower scene, it is now thought to be one of the most stunning and horrifying scene of all time.
  4. 4. Props Many props and the iconography depend on the context of the horror film. Many props the audience associate with horror films consist of:  Religious Symbols – crucifixes, bibles etc. are great for some horror films as they symbolise the opposite to the devil. These are used to show a defense from god.  Weaponry – are usually the way of the characters being killed, they can include; guns, knifes and blunt objects to show pain.  Masks – to hide the identity of the killer.  Iconography could also include forensics uniforms, police cars, blood, devils, ghosts and paranormal activity. Evil Dead – props where good is shown in a bad way. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – a mask is used to hide the identity.

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