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The horror Genre

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The horror Genre The horror genre is a topic that can be written or filmed about. In this essay, I will be concentrating on films, and how the horror genre is included in them. The main ingredients in a horror film are music, sound effects, lighting, camera trickery & special effects and most importantly a clever, catchy, scary script. But to make horror what it is, a director will include many other things that create suspense and the eerie atmosphere of the scene, or simply make us cringe. The prop are not just there to fill space, the costumes aren't chosen because the character had to wear something or the film done at night because the filming finished late. I will explain the reasons these factors are deeply thought about and invested in later, as well as the effects they have on the viewers mind and the atmosphere of the scene. The actors and actresses in a film need to be suited for their roles. Could you imagine a film where Arnold Schwarznegger is the innocent murder victim, and Dale Winton the serial killer? Don't you think it would be a little bit more logical the opposite way round? Due to Arnold's reputation as the killer or hero, people may not want to watch him being brutally and mercilessly murdered; does Dale's voice suit a typical gruff murderer's voice? ...read more.


How often have you ended up laughing and mocking at a film because of its unreal effects and 'pixelated' animation? I have many times in the past, as I expect you have. Try comparing a film from the 1970s with a film from the 1990s - the difference in effects will be quite noticeable. In an older film, you will also notice traditional tricks being used for special effects, e.g. eyes in a portrait watching someone, or a ghost levitating through a hallway in a haunted house. Another characteristic of a horror film is the location it is set in. A typical early 20th century film would be set in a large, derelict castle or dungeon basement at night, with people dressed as monsters and vampires. Rooms would be furnished with big chest of drawers, tall wardrobes and coffins stood up, and long halls would be lined with large family portraits. Even now, however, some traditional factors of a horror film are still used. Most are set at night - when we feel most afraid and vulnerable, directors do this to create a tense, frightening atmosphere. Situations that used to be feared by us - or still are, will be used to frighten us, such as a child in the woods at night, a dark back-alley or a derelict house. ...read more.


It is not just as simple as writing a quick script and getting someone to act it, the right people are needed for specific roles, a plot needs to be original, unpredictable and generating surprise, suspense and interest. It needs a slightly gory storyline, with good special effects and lighting effects, and a realistic look - although events don't have to be real or possible. A viewer should have the chance to exercise his or her willing suspense of disbelief. Furniture and props need to be carefully thought about - do you put up a photo of a small girl or a painting of an old man? This depends on the location - is it a business mans office or an old corridor in a haunted castle? Also, the location and time of day is important. Does a murder happen in an isolated woodland cottage at midnight or in the centre of New York at rush hour? And the sound is very important, too. Sound effects need to be perfectly timed, incidental music needs to be of the right style at the right scene. The action needs to be suited to character and personality, make-up not obvious (unless intended) and have sensible and logical camera work and lighting. If a horror film has a well written script with no 'dead ends' or 'gaps' in it, professional acting implied and an enjoyable, thrilling and scary plot, it will be popular and enjoyed by nearly all who watch it. 1773 words Ross Burton 10BR ...read more.

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