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Evaluation: Forms of Horror


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Evaluation: Forms of Horror

  1. 1. EVALUATION: How does my film conform to conventions of the Horror Genre?<br />Tom Sutherland (4122) – Wilson’s School<br />
  2. 2. How does it conform?<br />In planning to make the clip, I had to do lots of research into the horror genre.<br />Allowed me to emulate some features and subvert others where it would be effective.<br />Conventions:<br />Alarm<br />Playing on fear<br />Effective soundtrack<br />Editing style<br />
  3. 3. (Stereo)Typical horror features<br />Evil<br />Blood/gore<br />Monsters/unworldly power<br />Isolation/being alone<br />Pathetic fallacy<br />Antagonist having psychopathic problems<br />Darkness, use of weapons<br />
  4. 4. Alarm<br />Horror is designed to cause alarm in the audience<br />Heavy links with soundtrack<br />Quick pace-of-editing helps to create this atmosphere<br />Camera shots from within the bushes (separate from the action) also contribute to this effect.<br />These are known as enigma codes (things withheld from the audience’s knowledge. They create suspense and keep the viewer watching, wanting to find out more. I have written some below the stills from the clip below.<br />Who is that? Why is he/she on the floor? What are they going to do?<br />Mid/long shot framed with trees. Helps to create a sense of mystery about the wood? Where is the protagonist going?<br />Who is watching? Whose hand is that. Again, contributes to the suspense and create an air of mystery about the plot.<br />
  5. 5. Effective soundtrack<br />Soundtrack is vital in creating the mood.<br />Eg. You could have the best-ever shot to create suspense, but overlaid with comical music, it would not have the desired effect.<br />My film has an effective, creepy soundtrack, appropriate to the genre.<br />For example: bangs, heartbeats, breathing, screams etc.<br />
  6. 6. Editing style<br />Often horror films use both montage and continuity editing sequences to different effect.<br />My opening sequence only uses continuity editing<br />Conforms to the (usual) form for opening sequences.<br />It establishes the characters and setting whereas montage editing could leave the audience feeling confused.<br />
  7. 7. Antagonist - typicalities<br />My film has a male antagonist<br />Wearing a mask<br />Dark colour scheme<br />Carrying a blood-covered shovel<br />Connotations: fear, unknown, evil<br />My sequence’s antagonist<br />Antagonist from Saw<br />
  8. 8. Protagonist - typicalities<br />The film subverts the stereotypical protagonist, who is a female and generally young<br />Connotes vulnerability/isolation/fear etc<br />However, as seen in surveys, this has worked effectively as it makes the situation more realistic and believable – the audience can better relate to it.<br />