The opening sequence of the film Scream.

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        The opening sequence of a film is important because it makes the audience interested and makes them want to keep watching but to do this the director needs to develop a good teen introduction to the film. In a teen horror film the audience would expect the first impressions of the characters to be formed, the typical teen horror movies plot to be introduced. Also the location, tone and the genre of a scary movie to be established. The audience would usually expect a chase in some part of the opening to take place with a vulnerable victim and psychopathic killer in a tense atmosphere.

        There are two characters in the opening sequence: the typical teenage girl Kaci and the voice of a mystery man introduced over the phone. The first impression we get of Kaci is a typical teenage girl; we get this impression by the way she is portrayed. Kaci is shown in a cosy beige jumper and casual light blue jeans, this shows she’s having a relaxed day in. Kaci is also shown wearing red lipstick, this shows us that shes trying to look older, its as if she wants to impress someone. Kaci has short blonde hair, shows she’s a sweet and innocent girl but she also wears red lipstick, which tells us that she’s probably quite flirtatious, which we see later on in the opening and can get the audience tense. We can also get an impression of her by what she’s doing and her behaviour, at the start of the sequence we see her making popcorn as if she’s expecting someone over. Her behaviour gradually changes as soon as the phone calls come in. Kaci gets too occupied and caught up by the phone calls and seems to forget about the popcorn, which at the same time the making of the popcorn in reflecting on her conversation witch the mystery man on the phone. Kaci’s behaviour of the phone call is quite casual, she gets into the conversation and seems to get quite flirtatious, but by something he says in the conversation she gets suspicious and quite panicky. The conversation gets tense and Kaci gets scared, frustrated and starts to panic a lot. From her behaviour we can say the impression the audience will get is that Kaci is quite friendly and easily gets miss-lead in a conversation and needs to be more careful or she can give people the wrong impression by flirting. The voice of the man over the phone brings her a fake sense of security and she’s bit slow for not realising that. The mysterious man making a random phone call to her house phone introduces him. The impression we get of this mystery man at first is that his voice sounds a little mysterious yet relaxed, he starts off by starting a friendly and flirtatious conversation with Kaci. Gradually his tone changes to be weird and making threatening comments, as if he wants to do something. This gives the audience the impression that he’s obsessive because he keeps phoning her, also that his a scary, threatening and creepy character as he demands her and starts to talk to her in a harsh, threatening tone. The characters in the opening sequence tell us it’s a typical teenage movie.

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        The genre of this film is a horror film. The genre is introduced by first of all, the house being located in a suburb area, which is deserted. The house is also shown as being big, with large windows and no curtains, which tells us that anyone can look into the isolated house, specially at night and that’s the time of day the film was introduced. The characters also play a big part in establishing the genre. This is shown when the man on the phone keeps calling back, which creates a mystery also by the costumes of the characters ...

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