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The others (2001) has been described as a physiological horror that sustains suspense until the final resolution. Through close observation of Alejandro Amenabars direction, discuss how cinematography, characterisation, setting and narrative seque

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The Others essay The others (2001) has been described as a physiological horror that sustains suspense until the final resolution. Through close observation of Alejandro Amenabar's direction, discuss how cinematography, characterisation, setting and narrative sequence help build suspense throughout. In this movie Suspense is one of the key features, as the audience is in a state of uncertainty about what is to come. The director maintains this suspense from the opening sequence right through to end; he does this by using effective methods regarding the filming and the gradual development of the plot which leads to the final climax. The opening sequence introduces this suspense with the effect of gripping the audience with use of lighting; sound The camera is used to zoom in and out through photos with relevance to the film. ...read more.

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Props play very small parts in building suspense but are used quite a lot in The others. The rosary is probably the best example and is seen a few times and it helps build suspense because it makes the audience feel that the only reason for it being used is it something unnerving is about to happen, we think this because it is mentioned earlier on in the film that it should be used whenever you feel frightened. Also the statues in the junk room are made to quite scary. The conclusion I think that the reason cinematography, characterisation, setting and narrative sequence help build suspense is because all these techniques have been established as classic elements of horror movies. ...read more.

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We also get some silence building up to the climax of the scene with the curtains, when the curtains are drawn the non - diegetic music immediately starts. The children are said to have a strange condition which the audience feels uncertain about and it feels almost as though the children are trapped inside the house and there is no escaping it. It is also unnerving when it is mentioned that the previous housemaids had 'vanished into thin air' which makes us feel very uncertain about grace and the children. Mrw mills is a strange character who worries the audience through her dialaogue; she talks of how she 'knows the house very well' but this is only explained at the end. It is speeches like these which build tension with the audience. ...read more.

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