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Horror-stalker/ Slasher By Sylvia Rogo Genre research

Horror-stalker/Slasher By Sylvia Rogo Genre research

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  • Horror-stalker/Slasher By Sylvia RogoGenre research

  • My chosen genreThe movie genre I have chosen to focus on for my A2 coursework is horror (in particular stalker/slasher). Horror movies are disturbing films whos purpose is to frighten, panic, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time. Horror films effectively center on the dark side of life, the forbidden, and strange and alarming events. They deal with our most primal nature and its fears for example our nightmares, fear of death, alienation and dread of the unknown.

  • History of horror moviesFirst viewing of supernatural events in numerous of the silent shorts for example The House of the Devil which is sometimes recognised as being the first horror film.Edison studios produced the first version of Frankenstein. First monster to appear in a full-length horror film. 1890s-1920sAmerican film producers popularised horror films. A series of successful gothic features such as Frankenstein(1931) and Dracula(1931) produced some of which blended science fiction films with Gothic horror.Iconic make-up designs were created by Universal studios. 1930s-1940s

  • Advancement in technology saw the tone of horror films moved from the gothic toward concerns that some saw as being more relevant to the late-Century audience. Horror films fall into three sub-genres: the horror-of-personality film, the horror -of-armageddon film and the horror of-the-demonic film. George Romeros Night of the living dead (1969) was later deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. Blending psychological insights with gore, it moved the genre even further away from the gothic horror trends of earlier eras and brought horror into everyday life.1950s-1960s

  • 1970s-1980sEvil children and reincarnation became popular subjects.Satan became the villain in many horror films.Ideas of the 1960s began to influence horror films, as the youth involved in the counterculture began exploring the medium. As the cinemas box office returns for serious, gory modern horror began to decline. The genre found a new audience in the growing home video market although the new generation of films was less somber in tone. Horror films continued to cause controversy: in the United Kingdom, the growth in home video led to growing public awareness of horror movies and concern about the ease of availability of such material to children. Many films were dubbed video nasties and banned but US and Canadian movies such as Silent night in the USA failed at theatres and was eventually withdrawn from distribution due to its subject matter: a killer Santa.

  • Films touched upon the relationship between fictional horror and real-world horror.The horror genre wore itself out with the proliferation of nonstop slasher and gore films in the eighties. The adolescent audience which feasted on the blood and morbidity of the previous decade grew up, and the replacement audience for films of an imaginative nature were being captured instead by the explosion of science fiction and fantasy. Horror became more self-mockingly ironic to re-connect with its audience.The Others (2001)- was a successful horror film of that year as it was the first horror in the decade to rely on psychology to scare audiences, rather than gore. Major return to the zombie genre in horror movies made after 2000.Return to the extreme, graphic violence that characterized much of the type of low-budget, exploitation horror from the Seventies and the post-Vietnam years e.g. Audition (1999).1990s-2000s

  • Classic horror movies

  • Modern horror movies

  • Conventions/Technical aspectsSound:Sound plays an immense role in creating atmosphere and context in horror movies. As it influences the viewers emotions towards the moving image it is placed against. For example having a moving image of a character slowly and fearfully walking down a low key lit alleyway with monotone violins playing in the background that increases in pitch with every step of the character may send shivers down the viewers spin as apposed to having no music. This convention of horror movies is one I will take into deep consideration when creating my own movie trailer. Lighting:

    Dark coloursExamples include chiaroscuro, low key, hard, practical etc...

  • Editing:



    -Characters and narrative-Props


  • Repertoire of elementsIconography:The Blaire witch projectSorority rowIdeology themes and narrative structure

  • Target audience

  • Grossing films within the horror/stalker movie genreThe exorcist = has a total gross of $402,500,000 worldwideGeorge Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) =on a budget of $114,000, it grossed $12 million domestically and $30 million internationally Jaws - $842%2B million ($260%2B million in 1975).The Exorcist - $727%2B million ($232%2B million 1973).http://ezinearticles.com/?Movie-History---If-You-Thought-Titanic-Was-the-Largest-Grossing-Film-in-the-US-Think-Again&id=862237

  • Case study....The Blaire witch project (1999)

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECT ...?Released in 1999 and is an American horror film.Produced by the Haxan Films production company.Filmed as a documentary pieced together from amateur footage, filmed in real time. The movie is about three young student filmmakers who hike into the black hills of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Witch_ProjectMarketing and advertising

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECTOther mediahttp://www.blairwitch.com/The Blair Witch Project is thought to be the first widely released film marketed primarily on the Internet. $249 million worldwide http://www.woodsmovie.com/http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6905041.ecehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Broadcast_(film)

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECT Trailer analysishttp://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi9044249/

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECTPoster analysisBackground image (dark tall forest)...IconographyText that makes it seem like this movie is based/is a real story (USP)Main image- taken at high angle, lighting (torch)...Masthead...Extra information...release date

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECTShared marketing conventions

  • The BLAIRE WITCH PROJECTMy overall conclusion...Having watched this movie its impact on me has been...the based on a true story unique selling point feel of this movie made it.....as I didn't sleep for two weeks and vowed I would never watch a horror movie

  • Genre research conclusion From this research I...for my own horror/stalker movie...I have the idea to/would like to...

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