Genre Research Psychological HorrorConnor OBrien
Atmospheric and suspense to keep viewers on the edge of their
seats.Some areas of silence to create a sense of unknown.Screams
and loud noises. This is stereotypical of a psychological horror
Show fear and emotional instability to build tension amongst
viewers.A disturbed, or tormented individual is the main
antagonistCommon or universal psychological vulnerabilities and
fears exposed by the character create discomfort in the viewer.
Camera ShotsHigh AngleClose upUsed to make the figure or object
that is being looked down on seem completely powerless and
used to highlight the characters emotional expressions. It could
also be used to capture detail, i.e. to show injury, fear
used effectively to connote that a character is being followed
which creates mystery and suspense amongst the viewers as the
identity of the follower is hidden. It also creates fear as the
audience do not know what to expect next.
Extreme long shotused to put into perspective how deserted or
eerie and area is.
Low angle shotthey can emphasize how scary or intimidating a
villain is. This could make the audience and characters feel weak
Over the shoulder shotThis is perceived as one of the best shots
to build tension. It is used to add suspense and tension. It is
used especially round mirrors and reflections so the audience and
see whats happening as soon. Alternatively is can hide someones
identity from the viewer to create more mystery.
EditingFast pace editing involving fast cuts is often used to
emphasise drama and heighten tension. An example of this is the
trailer of Women in Black.
Slow pace editing is also used in emotional scenes. This allows
more concentration on the character in order for the audience to
see the pain and fear they are suffering.
Mise en scenePsychological Horror films use dark and scary
settings that sting fear and tension into the audience. This
setting is also relatable to the scenes being played out.Low-key
lighting is also commonly used because they intend to create
mystery and a fear of unknown for the audience as they do not know
what is to happen next.
Sometimes the killer in these films may wear normal clothes
because by doing this the character can relate to people in real
life, allowing the film to connect ton easily connect with the
SettingThe typical locations for a horror film are usually
isolated, abandoned or locations with a hidden past. This creates a
build up of tension for the audience.
Setting of the film Session 9
Setting of the film Conjuring
StorylinesSession 9 Located in an abandoned hospital. The plot
is for an asbestos company to steal asbestos from the hospital.
However an horrific past seems to be coming back.Angel Heart An
investigator is hired by a called Louis Cyphre to track down a
singer called Johnny Favourite but the investigation takes an
unexpected and somber turn.