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Compare and contrast the ways in which two horror films Use horror genre conventions
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Compare and contrast the ways in which two horror films
Use horror genre conventions
Audiences love to be scared. Horror films attempt to find some sort of trigger in the audiences mind, and develop it to create horror.
Preceded by the great horror novels such as Dracula, and developed in the early nineteen twenties and nineteen thirties in Germany. From slash movies, to the post-modern psychological thrillers, horror films have evolved into an art form. This genre relies heavily on the basic horror conventions. These have been adapted from the early twentieth century, and have developed a whole series of genre conventions into a familiar variety of scary settings, iconography, and stereotyped characterisation. Audiences have a clear understanding of this, and they use it to their advantage. They can keep putting the audience through the jolts that horror conventions continue to give. An effective way of keeping the horror fresh would be to break the cycle, by breaking certain conventions.
The isolated setting in the two films is a key device used to establish a threatening atmosphere. In "Dark water", the director uses an old dilapidated block of flats as the
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