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Paranormal
Iconography &
Conventions
William Smith,
Tom Aquilina,
Joshua O’Riley
and Oliver Murray
Iconography
Interview 1
• Name: George Egleton
• Genre: Paranormal
• Correct or Incorrect : Correct
• What else comes into mind when you
think of the paranormal sub genre?: “I
think of ghosts and spirits that haunt a
house or a person.”
Interview 2
• Name: Tim Smith
• Genre: Paranormal
• Correct or Incorrect: Correct
• What else comes into mind when you
think of the sub genre paranormal?: “I
think of witches and ghosts.”
Interview 3:
• Name: Matt Sheehan
• Genre: Paranormal
• Correct or Incorrect: Incorrect, he
guessed Psychological instead of
paranormal.
• What else comes into your mind when
you think of the sub genre paranormal?:
“I think of devils and witches.”
Interview 4:
• Name: Helen Murray
• Genre: Paranormal
• Correct or Incorrect?: Correct
• What else comes into your head when
you think of the sub genre paranormal?:
“I think of paranormal activity.”
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Iconography

  • 1. Paranormal Iconography & Conventions William Smith, Tom Aquilina, Joshua O’Riley and Oliver Murray
  • 3. Interview 1 • Name: George Egleton • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect : Correct • What else comes into mind when you think of the paranormal sub genre?: “I think of ghosts and spirits that haunt a house or a person.”
  • 4. Interview 2 • Name: Tim Smith • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect: Correct • What else comes into mind when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: “I think of witches and ghosts.”
  • 5. Interview 3: • Name: Matt Sheehan • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect: Incorrect, he guessed Psychological instead of paranormal. • What else comes into your mind when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: “I think of devils and witches.”
  • 6. Interview 4: • Name: Helen Murray • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect?: Correct • What else comes into your head when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: “I think of paranormal activity.”
  • 7. Interview 5: • Name: Josh Morris • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect: Incorrect, he guessed monster instead of paranormal. • What else comes into your head when you think of the paranormal sub genre?: “ I think of ghosts and someone being possessed.”
  • 8. Interview 6 • Name: Christopher Murray • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect: Incorrect guessed Psychological instead of paranormal. • What else comes into mind when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: “ I think of a haunted house that is possessed by a ghost.
  • 9. Interview 7 • Name: Harry Gunner • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or incorrect?: Incorrect, he guessed monster instead of paranormal. • What else comes into your head when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: “I think of demons and witches.”
  • 10. Interview 8 • Name: Chris O’Reilly • Genre: Paranormal • Correct or Incorrect: Correct • What else comes into your head when you think of the sub genre paranormal?: ‘I think of mystical creatures and things that don’t actually exist.”
  • 12. Audience feedback • we found that the majority of people know what a paranormal horror is but can be confused with psychological and monster
  • 13. • Supernatural Horrors are usually set in the home of the protagonist, or a place where the audience would feel at their most safe, this could be from their house to the suburban area in which they live in. • The setting of a house within horrors is common however it within Supernatural horrors, the home almost becomes a character itself, it emphasises the fear of the unwanted and unexplained in which the character cannot control or escape from making the audience feel frightened in the one place in which you should feel at most safe. • The setting for a horror film is usually shot in isolated, abandoned locations for example at a haunted basement, attic or loft. This is because these settings create a sense of tension and an eerie atmosphere to the audience. • Examples of locations are: Graveyard, Churches, Hospitals, Basements, Attics and Lofts. Horror films are used to create a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience’s primal fears. Setting
  • 14. Themes • The themes of a paranormal horror is mainly based around self- consciousness and nightmares because it is making you question what is real and what isn’t. • Horror films often feature scenes that startle the viewer. Themes like the supernatural are commonly used in this genre. Horror films often deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden fears, and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or person, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. The presence of characters like children are used because they come across as innocent to the viewer, when in the fact they hold a hidden agenda and so surprises the audience when they see the child possessed by an evil spirit. Other characters include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, curses, satanism, demons, gore, torture, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers. The hero (protagonist) is usually seen as the victim, the villain (antagonist) is usually of supernatural origin that scares the audience.
  • 16. Sound • A good example of use of non diegetic in a paranormal horror is the woman in black. This is the first scene and the music is used to represent the introduction of the supernatural character in the scene. This can be heard in the video above at 0:32 when the music changes from a light xylophone to a dark bell/chime
  • 17. Camera • A camera technique used in paranormal horrors is the hand cam. The use of this technique gives the audience a point of view of the character in the film and almost allows them to experience the fear of the characters to a certain extent.
  • 18. Editing • continuity editing is used to add to the versimility. • montage editing is used a times of high tension as it creates a chaotic mood. • Lots of eye line matches to to emphasis the object/place they are looking at.
  • 19. Genre Films Plot and narrative structure Supernatural Carrie At the beginning of the film carry gets bullied and later discovers she has Telekinesis The Ring A female women discovers a tape that when you watch it you will get a phone call telling you will die in 7 days Sinister A family move into a new house where the dad discovers a box of old footage where he finds a familiar footage in the background. later begins to haunt them. Witches Conjuring A family move into a new house where satanic haunting begins and they will be haunted wherever they go Harry Potter Harry, Ron and hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lords last three horcruxes. Into the Woods A baker and his wife wish to begin a family but their interaction with the witch has put a curse on them. Devils/Demons Evil Dead Five friends move to a remote cabin where they find a book of the dead and summon up dormant demons. The Omen Robert the father of damien realises the boy is the son of the devil and is the antichrist. Drag me to hell Young women fighting to become assistant manager shortens her stay with an elderly lady who losses her house and places a curse where she will be dragged to hell in a few days and she comes across many hurdles on the way
  • 21. Character Types • These are different types of characters which make up a film and how the audience identifies them. -The protagonist: This is often a female role, they are usually the most morally standing and smartest of they group, they almost always survive in order to pave way for a sequel -The irritating guy: They are often the first to go and due to their behavior and the audience is usually happy when they are killed off. -The antagonist: The “bad guy” of the film. It’s not always clear why they are doing what they are doing but they are rarely killed off all together at the end. -A black guy: In the majority of horror films there is a black/mix raced man who is often the one to sacrifice themselves to save the others or to act as the muscle of the group. For example Roland from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’
  • 22. Character Representation and MES • The mis-en-scene of any horror film also help show that the film is a horror film by using such props as Knives, axes, guns and of course blood • The main characters appear to be ‘normal’ people, who live their lives accordingly. Conventionally female, they are harmless, caring and loving beings. Supernatural Horrors differ to slashers because, the main characters are not being punished by experiencing the horror and in most cases have done nothing wrong to deserve the visit from the spirit.