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Analysis of the opening sequence of John Carpenters (1978) and Wes Cravens Scream (1996), identifying and accounting for their similarities and differences

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Textual analysis Essay Analysis of the opening sequence of John Carpenter's (1978) and Wes Craven's Scream (1996), identifying and accounting for their similarities and differences I am carrying out an analysis of the opening scene of John Carpenter's Halloween and Wes Craven's Scream. The analysis will include characters, dialogue, setting, storyline and film language between the two films. The two films both use the horror film convention of a young female as their victims. The women in Halloween isn't scared at all and is more concerned about making sure that her brother doesn't see her naked. A convention in horror films is that women usually get killed before or after they have had sex and Halloween follows this same sort of rule. Where as in Scream she is in a normal situation which makes the audience more scared because it shows that it can happen to anyone. ...read more.

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In Halloween the killer is a small boy in a clown's outfit (the costume of a clowns outfit might be because some people are scared of clowns). Whereas in Scream the killer is very calculating and is wearing an outfit that is out of a painting called 'The Scream' by Edward Munch which is all about a man is despair ( the reason why he is in this outfit is because it hides the killers face and makes people more scared). In Scream the killer uses ideas from previous horror films and follows their conventions to get to his victims. In Halloween it is set in a normal house and at night time (stereotypical) and this makes you feel like it can happen to anyone. I am now going to talk about the camera angles. ...read more.

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It is not until later on in the scene, that we discover it is not actually an adult but a child. The way they present the child at the end is by having a reverse zoom, showing the child's parents and the house which shocks the audience. Both films are a horror/slasher film and Scream has a sub-genre of pastiche. Sub-genre means it is not the main genre of the film but the film slightly fits into a another genre (comedy, pastiche). Pastiche means an imitation of something (sometimes takes the Mickey (mocks) the original).Both of the films are aimed at teenagers. Wes Craven took a risk on making the film Scream because this type of film was unpopular at the time but it had a huge advertising campaign and in the end the film was successful. Halloween was also a risk because it didn't have much money and in the end it was a big success from not much money. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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