Analysis of the opening sequences of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and Wes Craven's Scream (1996), Identifying and account

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Analysis of Halloween and Scream

Analysis of the opening sequences of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and Wes Craven’s Scream (1996), Identifying and accounting for their similarities and differences

I’ am going to analyse the opening sequence of Halloween (1978) and Scream (1996). I will be accounting for the differences and similarities between the two films. To do this successfully, I will be looking at the films’ characters, narratives, film language, organization and ideology and target audience.

 In the opening of ‘Halloween’ Michael Myer’s sister was represented as passive because she didn’t put a fight whereas in ‘Scream’, Drew Barrymore character isn’t represented as passive and puts up a good fight and defends her self, nearly getting away from the killer. Both of the characters in the films are also represented as sexually active.

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  In opening of ‘Scream’ the rising of the popcorn connotes the tension slowly. At the start you don’t expect it to be something to be scared of, but it slowly rises and the audience’s attention catches on. Then the audience starts to realise something is going to happen, and you start to feel sad for the character and hope that she can get away from the masked killer and survive. When she first answers phone you think nothing of it, and for second time but when she answers the third time and it is the same person the audience ...

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