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Horror TV conventions
By Madison O’sullivan
Horror TV
Each genre has it’s own unique conventions that make the final product fit
it’s genre. Conventions include all parts of media: mise en scene, camera,
sound and editing. These conventions enable audiences to easily recognise
the genre of show & instantly understand what they can expect to see.
Props & costume
In any horror show you watch you can expect to see these stereotypical
props: weapons, masks and blood.
A key element focused on is costume and makeup, actors and actresses get
their makeup done – including sfx makeup. Costumes can often include
ripped or dirty clothes, and clothes that depict the time it’s set in, for example
converse in the 80s and bootcut jeans in the 2000s.
Props and costumes are often what make characters recognisable, for
example Freddy Kreuger’s knife gloves are iconic and instantly people
understand the reference to Nightmare on Elmstreet and his character.
Location & Lighting
Horror shows tend to use dark lighting to create suspense and frighten their
audience. Creating a suspenseful environment is vital to a horror show, or it
is unrecognisable to the audience.
Stereotypically locations used can range from abandoned houses, dark
forests and deserted fields. Locations are also vital in establishing the
scene or the wrong genre can be captured.

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HORROR TELEVISION SHOW CONVENTIONS RESEARCH

  • 1. Horror TV conventions By Madison O’sullivan
  • 2. Horror TV Each genre has it’s own unique conventions that make the final product fit it’s genre. Conventions include all parts of media: mise en scene, camera, sound and editing. These conventions enable audiences to easily recognise the genre of show & instantly understand what they can expect to see.
  • 3. Props & costume In any horror show you watch you can expect to see these stereotypical props: weapons, masks and blood. A key element focused on is costume and makeup, actors and actresses get their makeup done – including sfx makeup. Costumes can often include ripped or dirty clothes, and clothes that depict the time it’s set in, for example converse in the 80s and bootcut jeans in the 2000s. Props and costumes are often what make characters recognisable, for example Freddy Kreuger’s knife gloves are iconic and instantly people understand the reference to Nightmare on Elmstreet and his character.
  • 4. Location & Lighting Horror shows tend to use dark lighting to create suspense and frighten their audience. Creating a suspenseful environment is vital to a horror show, or it is unrecognisable to the audience. Stereotypically locations used can range from abandoned houses, dark forests and deserted fields. Locations are also vital in establishing the scene or the wrong genre can be captured.