Breakdown of our case study Our main task for this lesson is to prepare a case study about horror films which is based around the key concepts of media studies. If I want to succeed in this case study then I need to cover the language and categories which is seen in horror films. I also need to go into detail about horror sub genres and the conventions of horror films. The next slide has to be all about the Media institutions which breaks down to film distributors, which are either independent or major directors, BBFC. The next part is about Media representations and this means how are people and places represented in Horror films? Lastly we have to look at the Media Audiences and this means who are the target audience for horror films and why do people watch horror? What are the audience pleasures? We were given rules, that we had to adhere to, such as you must have visuals and moving image texts which can accompany our powerpoint. We must have a script, as we are not allowed to read from the powerpoint. It is also possible to show the case study as a handout.
Media Case Study Media language and categories <ul><li>28 Days Later is an Armageddon film about the collapse of society, following an outbreak of a virus which turns most of the population into zombies. The conventions of a zombie horror film, which this film meets are </li></ul><ul><li>A small group of survivors </li></ul><ul><li>A recognisable but empty location </li></ul><ul><li>The survivors concentrate on staying alive and not on killing the zombies. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eunaclr-WgU </li></ul>
Demonic films <ul><li>Sleepy Hollows follows the conventions of a demonic film, as primarily the killer is a ghost. This film is also set in 1899, meaning that the film consists of a lot superstition. Many Demonic films can focus heavily on religion, an obvious example is The Exorcist, and this is another convention of Demonic horror, which this film has followed. </li></ul>
Psyche films <ul><li>Identity is a Psyche film which is about a schizophrenic killer who kills a group of strangers in a Nevada motel. This films follows convention, as the killer has a mental illness. Even though it is gory in places, it mainly uses suspense and atmosphere to shock its audience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pbmcgdWE-0 </li></ul>
Famous film distributors <ul><li>Paramount is the biggest mainstream film distributors around. This company has distributed films from every single genre, including horror films. Two of the biggest horror franchises, which they have invested in, are Friday the 13 th and Paranormal Activity. </li></ul><ul><li>After Paramount, Universal is the second oldest film company. They have made such films as Drag Me to Hell, Psycho and Dawn of the Dead. </li></ul><ul><li>A third distributor is Warner Brothers. They have produced the Final Destination franchise, the Shining and House of Wax. </li></ul>
Independent film distributors <ul><li>One of the biggest independent film distributors is Twisted Film who have produced the Saw franchise and the films Dead Silence and The Tortured. </li></ul><ul><li>Orion pictures was another independent film distributor, but has long since shut down. One of their most famous films is the Silence of the Lambs. </li></ul><ul><li>A third independent film distributor is Vertigo films and they produced the horror film Shrooms. </li></ul>
Media representations <ul><li>An important convention in horror films is scary settings. Sometimes the films are set in very dark places such as graveyards. However in some films urban locations such as towns and houses are represented in a very scary way to make the film seem a lot more realistic to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>In horror films there’s always a wide range of characters that would appeal to everybody. There is a good looking, strong, usually male hero and this represents the hero that everybody wants to be. As well as this there is a good looking love interest, usually a woman and typically the victim. </li></ul><ul><li>In horror films the hero would sometimes have a sidekick who might be dim witted but well meaning. However right at the end of the film the sidekick would prove their worth and come through for the hero. This represents everybody who do not think very highly about themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Lastly there is the villain, which usually has some noticeable feature, such as a costume attribute or the method or reason for why he kills someone. </li></ul>
Media audiences <ul><li>The target audience for horror films is usually young people, ranging from 12 to 40. People watch the horror genre for a lot of reasons. Many people who watch horror are not afraid, by the action but are actually excited and if they are afraid then they are willing to suffer through it for the sense of relief at the end. Some audience pleasures of horror are, they're a distraction from normal life and watching a horror film can create an adrenaline rush ,which some people may enjoy. </li></ul>