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Match the definition to the key word

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• List all of the sub genres of horror that you can think of

• For each of the sub genres that you have found list the conventions that are specific to that genre and the rules that the sub genre have to follow e.g. Vampires are killed by a stake to the heart.

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What factors do you think influence changes in the genre?

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TASKList all of the conventions of the

horror genre that you would expect to see. These are general conventions that would appear

regardless of the sub-genre

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• List as many different types of monsters from horror films as you can. – I want you to list the TYPE

not to name them e.g. Vampires NOT Dracula

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Monsters in Horror

• The ‘Monster’ in horror films can be a representation of the fears of society at that time.

• This could be a reason why the horror genre remains so popular is is constantly evolving.

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• In the 1950s the cinema was filled with mutant monsters and aliens

• The giant ants from Them and the arachnids from The Black Scorpion are metaphors for the danger of nuclear war, a dominant fear of the time.

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These are the top 10 grossing horror films of 2013

What monsters were most popular this year?

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Task• On your PowerPoint/Prezi make 5 slides on

horror monsters• Each slide should be for a different monster it

should contain:– The name of the monster – An image – An explanation of the monster – An analysis of what social fear you think the

monster is representing.

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The Zombie

• Zombies are humans that have come back from the dead. Humans become zombies from either catching a virus or being infected by another zombie by being bitten or coming into contact with their blood.

• Zombies can represent many fears such as:– The moral breakdown in society– Resident Evil –The fear of a

Military lead society– Mass of intellectually dead



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TASK• Now map the key points in the horror genre over

time. Create a timeline that leads up to the present day.

• Consider why the changes have occurred and why

• Try something like this http://wrhsasmediastudieshorrorfilmha.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/timeline-for-horror-films-from-1980s.html

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• How will you use this research into the horror genre to plan and create your own film opening?