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Film Presentation - How significant is the use of supernatural in modern horror? RUN AUDIO: background music from 'The Ring' playing for 1 minute 30 seconds. Fading out VISUAL: DVD cover of The Ring, The Others and The Sixth Sense show on screen for first section of presentation. SPEAKER: My aim throughout this presentation is to discover whether there has been an increase in the use of supernatural in modern horror and whether it is a reasonable argument that supernatural in its own right has its own genre. The points that I will be explaining throughout this presentation; - Has there been an increase in the use of supernatural? - Different ways supernatural is used - Genre theory - Whether supernatural horror should have its own genre. What do we define supernatural as? Something that does not exist in the natural work for example ghosts and poltergeists, the presence of something we, as an audience refuse to believe in. this is what I consider a reasonable definition of supernatural. Although a lot of recent horror films have elements of supernatural, I am only focusing on three films that I think share elements of supernatural and have similar narratives. The three films I am focusing on are ITEM 1: The Sixth Sense SHORT VIDEO - trailer outlining exactly what the film is about introducing us to the main characters and showing us clips of the action - 51 seconds. ...read more.

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patient who "sees dead people" this is a major hint yet we don't suspect that the doctor could be dead, and finally the narrative moves on to either solving the mystery or uncovering the untold parts of the story, in this instance we have to figure it out for ourselves that the doctor is indeed dead and the patient is actually talking to a dead person. ITEM 6: project the film review on the board. SPEAKER: This review helped me find what it was about these particular films that interest the viewer so much, I came to the conclusion that film critics only really criticise this particular genre when there isn't much of a mysterious element, when there is no psychological horror involved. This very rarely happens but for example it seems that The sixth sense is favoured more than 'The Ring' because of the extensive amount of thought that has been put into this film, and how The sixth sense is more mysterious, this could explain why there has been more positive comments about The Sixth Sense than The Ring. I think that supernatural is becoming more than just a sub-genre and perhaps in its own right it should be its own genre, I think this because it has definitely been used a lot more in recent films and is becoming increasingly popular, I don't think there is a horror film that doesn't have some aspects of supernatural present. ...read more.

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film ideas have evolved since the 1930's and the creation of all the sub-genres clearly shown and dated, showing the audience that history has played a huge part in the evolution of horror films ITEM 12: Slide following on from ITEM 7 to show where writers and directors get their ideas from and how technology has made the creation of horror films more appealing to audiences. SPEAKER: this shows how an audience's expectations of horror films have changed. There have been very many recent horror films with aspects of Supernatural, I'm not trying to prove that every film is a supernatural horror film, but I believe that this genre is becoming an increasingly significant sub-genre in the making of horror films, I think this because the three films I have studied I have come to realise that they all share some of the same characteristics, which according to Schatz theory would make Supernatural horror a genre of its own Supernatural horror is very different from Classic horror, because of the way the subjects are approached and the way the narrative is structured, I believe that Supernatural horror should be its own sub- genre because it is a popular trend amongst film makers to use The occult, poltergeists and ghosts, to make their film more successful, as audiences enjoy the mysterious elements and this is what makes a horror film successful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rachael Green - Wheeler 1 ...read more.

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** This speech has some good information on the PowerPoint slides, for example the Genre Theory quotations and the list of codes and conventions of the sub-genre. However, the narration is rather repetitive and vague in places. The speaker should focus on exemplifying the points made on the slides, with detailed reference to the films.

Marked by teacher Cath Rowe 13/08/2013

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