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Amityville Horror Analysis of opening sequence

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Amityville Horror - Analysis of opening sequence Characters and their Representations The main character to be decided to be called is Ronald Defeo. To start with there are lots of blurred shots of his face, then a clear close up on his eyes which have the reflection of a television screen and a blank look. The next shot you see of him is when he turns to look at the clock when it flicks to 3:15. His facial expressions are of slight disgust and hate; this allows the audience to see that something bad is going to happen, most probably caused by the man. ...read more.


Further into the opening sequence you see that the location is a very large detached house. There are a lot of family photos around the house, casually showing the importance of this man's family before the killings. After the murder is committed, there is a clarifying shot of the house which shows just how big it is. The shot zooms out slowly, making the house appear bigger and bigger as if it plays a very big role in the film. Lighting Lighting in the film is used extremely effectively, the bright flashes from the lightning and the natural lighting adds to the horrific actions that are taking place. ...read more.


It's used so the audience can see what the character is looking at; this is used with the character looking at the clock, the people in the house and the television. In my opinion, sound is the most important aspect of a horror movie. If experimented and found out that if you were to place your hands over your ear, during a horror movie when the sound being used wa very tense, then it would make the film seem much less frightening and scary. With the fast paced edits, the sound accompanying the visual always matches with what you're looking at, for example the sound of the storm the lightening flashes on screen are visible, making the sound almost all digetic. Non-diagetic sound is only a quiet, eerie and tension building sound which is conventional for horror films. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sahir Ahmed ...read more.

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