Navneet Sembhi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_JZ4eT8LKk
The Unborn trailer follows Todorov’s narrative theory:   Period of equilibrium starts at the   beginning when we see an es...
Propp’s character theory is shown in trailer:    The female protagonist             Child/spirit is    (Casey) is the vict...
The Unborn trailer creates a scary atmosphere through sound, editing, camera angles andshots.•Sound-The diegetic sound of ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1lgXhFbXy4
Todorov’s theory of narrative is not very clear in this trailer. The trailer does not have aperiod of equilibrium or a mom...
Propp’s character theory is also shown in the trailer:   The blonde female is the                                         ...
The Saw trailer creates a scary atmosphere through sound, editing, camera angles andshots.•Sound-A variety of diegetic and...
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Analysis of Horror Film Trailers

  1. 1. Navneet Sembhi
  2. 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_JZ4eT8LKk
  3. 3. The Unborn trailer follows Todorov’s narrative theory: Period of equilibrium starts at the beginning when we see an establishing shot of the house Moment of disequilibrium is shown when we see the main female (Casey) sees the child/spirit in the street. Period of disequilibrium begins when Casey starts to watch the film.
  4. 4. Propp’s character theory is shown in trailer: The female protagonist Child/spirit is (Casey) is the victim/hero the villain The Vicar is the helper The male gaze is also shown through the shower scene. However, the feminist theory is shown as the protagonist is seen wanting to overcome being possessed or haunted by the child.
  5. 5. The Unborn trailer creates a scary atmosphere through sound, editing, camera angles andshots.•Sound-The diegetic sound of the whispering through the baby monitor. This can suggestthat there is something mentally wrong with the child. The moments of high-pitched non-diegetic sound creates an eerie atmosphere and makes it uncomfortable for the audience.There are also moments of silence which creates a sinister atmosphere making the audiencefeel uneasy. Some of the voices in the trailer are not clear and understandable, this creates afear of the unknown in the audiences mind.•Editing-There are many fades throughout the trailer, which gives the trailer a continuousfeel. During the latter stages the pace of the trailer speeds up, this is done through jump cuts.The jump cuts creates an irritating effect for the audience and puts the audience at an edge.•Camera angles and shots-There are a number of different camera angles, some are cantedangles , these create an alarming atmosphere for the audience. There are also a variation ofshot types, the first shot is an establishing shot showing the isolated setting. There are someof over-the-shoulder shots, in which the audience is positioned alongside the protagonist.There is an extreme close-up of the protagonists eye, which is symbolic to the plot of the film.There are also a number of point-of-view shots which place the audience in the protagonistposition and make the audience emphasise with her.
  6. 6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1lgXhFbXy4
  7. 7. Todorov’s theory of narrative is not very clear in this trailer. The trailer does not have aperiod of equilibrium or a moment of disequilibrium, it goes straight into thedisequilibrium. This adds more fear to the audiences mind. However, we are quicklyshown some newspaper articles which can indicate the equilibrium and tell a narrative atthe same time. As with many trailers this trailer does not have a new equilibrium, so theaudience does not know what happens in the end. This also complies with BarthesEnigma code by leaving the trailer as mystery, this makes audience want to watch towhole film and gives them the pleasure of watching it without knowing how it ends.
  8. 8. Propp’s character theory is also shown in the trailer: The blonde female is the The police officer/detective victim, she is portrayed as is the helper. being helpless The masked man (Jigsaw) is the villain. By wearing a mask it keeps his identity unknown, this follows the structuralist theory of the killer being unknown.
  9. 9. The Saw trailer creates a scary atmosphere through sound, editing, camera angles andshots.•Sound-A variety of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds have been used. The non-diegeticsound of the high pitched rumbling noise has occasionally been used to build tension and fearamongst the audience. The diegetic sounds of the chains, the clock ticking, screams and athe laughter of a clowns create an eerie atmosphere which makes the audience feel uneasy.Some of the voices in the trailer are not clear and understandable, this creates a fear of theunknown in the audiences mind.•Editing-The trailer uses many jump cuts, which creates suspense and make the audience feeldisorientated. There are a lot of black screens which are on screen for a long time. This makesthe audience feel uneasy as they do not know what is going on. It also makes the audiencefeel vulnerable and involved in the trailer.•Camera angles and shots- In the trailer there are a lot of canted angles used. These shotscreate an alarming and uneasy atmosphere for the audience. There are also a number of closeup shots which show the emotions and instability of the characters; which makes theaudience empathise with them

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