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Stephen King and Horror Films - ... These categories are the basic building blocks used in today's horror media today. This topic here will cover the general types of horror we see often in video games which are the “Psychological horror” and “Survival horror”. First let’s start with psychological horror. Originally stemming from the traditional Japanese horror film genre, it focuses on the use of a disturbing atmosphere and narrative in order to create fear. Whilst differing from the other two horror types, psychological horror works more on a mental level....   [tags: japanese horror films, pyschologicla, survival]
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Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which Two Films Use Horror Genre Conventions - This essay critically analyses and discusses the semantic and syntactic areas of what defines a horror genre in films. Followed by a case study of an animated film which supports and demonstrates theses horror film conventions. Then another case study which challenges and questions its position in the chosen genre. To decide whether it does hold elements of the horror conventions in both semantic and syntactic point of view, or possibly sway towards a different category of film. Before discussing the forms and functions of what defines a horror film....   [tags: Horror Genre Films]
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Horror Films: Things That Go Bump in the Night - ... All fears will eventually be overcome but it will only happen once the individual has enough strength to destroy the anchor that has been holding them down. Last month I finished a phenomenal series by Rick Yancey called The Monstrumologist, which focused on the grotesque urban myths that Yancey beautifully, gave life to in his stories. Although his stories are meant to focus around the creatures in this new realm of society, he also addressed fear quite a bit. One quote specifically caused me to ponder the concept of fear....   [tags: horror genre, the monstrumologist, fear]
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The Evolution of Horror Films - A girl runs frantically through the woods trying to escape an axe wielding villain. The defenseless victim suddenly trips and collapses to the ground. The villain laughs wickedly as he lifts the axe above his head. The girl releases a final scream as the weapon quickly ends her life, causing the audience to go silent as they watch the villain drag away the lifeless body. Death, blood, guts, suspense, screaming, and terror are all just a few things to expect when watching a modern day horror film....   [tags: terror, fear, anxiety, panic, audience, industry]
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Women Directors of Horror Films - Women love gore too. Since the beginning of time people have always been intrigued by storytelling especially ones that scare them. Stephen King the master of horror once said people love watching horror films simply because it keeps their sanity. “It may be that horror movies provide psychic relief on this level because this invitation to lapse into simplicity, irrationality and even outright madness is extended so rarely” (King). When people see a slasher film it gives them a chance to kill off “Annoying Bob” from the office in their heads....   [tags: cinematography and gore]
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Horror Films in Popular Culture - ... Norman Bates is the unassuming antagonist, caring for his mother (Derry 164). Psycho was different in that “traditionally, acts of horror took place in old dark houses with lots of shadows; although psycho presents a dark house, the most horrible act takes place in the whiteness of a shower stall” (Derry 164). This movie made horror not specific to dark, cliché spooks, but the modern world. Other movies followed the example: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. (1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Pretty Poison (1968) (Derry 164)....   [tags: Fear, Movies, Scary] 849 words
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The Art of Horror Films - ... The film also took credit for being one of the first to example story board and having a twist ending. Once the film had been created it lead people to explore the posibilities of the art of horror. Following the creation of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari was the making of The Golem. This film continued to be remade over the years. It started with a man by the name of Paul Wegener. He was fascinated by the legend of the Golem. The story spoke of a giant clay monster that saved Pragues Jewish citizens for an emperor that believed they were ritually killing children....   [tags: movie genres] 1210 words
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Why do People Crave Horror Films - “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” a quote that sums up humanity’s unchanged love for horror movies. Over the years, as millions of people have watched horror movies the graphics, special effects, and sounds have changed for the better. While scenes have intensified yet remained the same someone gets stabbed, butchered or killed violently. It’s hard to imagine how anyone in their right mind could choose to see such violent acts. Which is the reason why Stephen Kings say’s “I think we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better- and maybe not all that much better after all” (405)....   [tags: horror movies, stephen king, insanity]
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History of Horror Films - Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors....   [tags: Nosferatu, dracula, film analysis]
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Gender Depiction in Horror Films - Gender Depiction in Horror Films There has been a large variety of horror films produced throughout the last fifty years. People are always going to be frightened and scared by different types of horror films. But, what type of horror film scares more people, and were men or women more frightened by these horror films. Each one of the horror films had its own agenda to frighten its audience using several different methods of horror. Some of these methods were more so directed at the female audience than the male audience....   [tags: Movies Film Analysis Gender Sex Essays Papers]
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Social Critique versus Sadism in Horror Films - The horror genre’s representation of women is often criticized and evaluated as being belittling and merciless. It is true that by perpetuating imagery of women in distress, horror films tend to provide no alternative to the subordination of these women and even take advantage of and capitalize on realistic concerns of women. Still, one might argue that, like the concepts present in many other genres, the prevailing themes of femininity in horror film are complex, contradictory, and fluctuating....   [tags: Social Issues, Gender]
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Horror Films Provoke Fear, Alarm, and Panic - ... In a horror film the use or close up shots and mid shots are used to stop the audience from seeing the surroundings, events or people that would reveal the plot ending or give away information that would make it easy to figure out the mystery to early. Close up shots can create suspense because you can never see everything around the characters so the audience becomes anxious and frightened. Tracking and panning is used a lot with horror films. Characters are tracked or the camera pans around the scene to show their movement, instead of cutting between shots to show what they are doing....   [tags: tracking, death, camera] 825 words
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Gianluca Di Muzio and Stephen King on Horror Films - ... Moreover, the antagonist is always portrayed as seeking vengeance for personal entertainment and pleasure, never for an ideal cause. Di Muzio states ways themes used in this movie and the horror genre affect the society’s moral. Themes employed in the movies are meant to scare the audiences, create nightmares and sleepless nights. There could be possibilities that an audience viewer become susceptible to their outlook on the real world due to reminiscing scenes from the movie, whether it is sleeping alone at night or a camping trip in the woods....   [tags: Movies, Genre, Point of View]
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Urban Legends Translated through Japanese Horror Films - ... Naturally the inspiration behind this horror film is an urban legend about a vengeful ghost (Meyer 2009). In Japan this type of ghost story is known as Onryo. The appearance of this ghost is “long black hair, piercing eyes, white skin, and burial kimono,” a description that perfectly portrays both Kayako and Toshio. (Meyer 2009). This particular type of ghost is not known for rightness as the spirit will kill anyone that comes in contact with it and will never go away. These angry, betrayed spirits seem to seek vengeance for their death, but never gain any satisfaction for their killings and therefore, continue to kill for an undetermined amount of time....   [tags: women as antagonists, cinematography]
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Reasons for Watching Horror Films and Scary Movies - SPEAKER CREDIBILITY: I love horror flicks, in fact I’d rather watch a scary movie than any other genre there is. There’s something about the spine tingling chillers that get me excited and wanting more blood. I am charismatically enticed by horror flicks and simultaneously disgusted by them. I have been watching in various forms monsters chase young victims through dark homes and alleys, with knifes, chainsaws, drills, axes, and other weapons for years. The violence is so foreseeable, that I often know when the bad guys will appear, who will die and in what order....   [tags: Fear, Thrill]
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Horror Films: The Haunted Castle by George Melies - ... According to a study by Andrew J. Elliot and Henk Aarts, when a test subject is shown the color red, “the person is instilled with a feeling of threat, fear, and danger, a phenomenon similar to a wild animal behavior where red may be seen as a threat, inducing a rapid preparation for defense or flight” (“Perception of the color red”). And in The Shining, Kubrick uses red in crucial scenes to cause tension in the viewer’s mind and to foreshadow death in the Overlook Hotel. Similarly to The Shining’s use of red, Jaws also uses a “danger” color to scare viewers....   [tags: film analysis, the shining and jaws] 1620 words
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Horror Genre Films - ... A horror movies tradition is to include a large amount of violence and gore into the plot. Though the genre has its own style, Horror film often overlap into Thriller and Science-Fiction genre (Alien, 1979). Technical codes in horror movies commonly builds up the tension in the scenes being filmed, Using Long takes (Hostel, 2005). All Horror movies use the key of low key lighting very commonly in Documentary horror genre to enhance the suspense of what is occurring (the Blair Witch Project, 1999)....   [tags: movie making] 577 words
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Suspense Is Crucial in Horror and Thriller Films - ... This is done through the use of the colour red presented through a coat and lipstick that two female characters wear. The character who seems to be the mother of a family was originally viewed wearing a cream coloured coat, but as the scene changes, she has changed to a black dress. This also symbolizes her fate within the movie. Secondly, a round about is used where a child character is laying. As she is not spinning it herself, it suggests that she is not in control of her actions which could later reveal many characteristics she has....   [tags: basic ingredients in cinematography]
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the Dark Shadow Within - The horror genre is synonymous with images of terror, violence and human carnage; the mere mention of horror movies evokes physical and psychological torture. As remarked by noted author Stephen King “the mythic horror movie…has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized.” (King, 786). At manageable intervals, we choose to live these horrific events vicariously through the characters in horror movies and books as a means of safely experiencing the “what if”....   [tags: Horror Films]
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Do Horror Films Mirror Our Society’s Fears and Social Problems? - ... Cagliari is the asylum director. The social problem would have been symbolized in the original script for Caligari stood for the authority of Germany, while Cesare represented the sleepwalking masses who had been sent by the millions to kill and be killed (Skal, 41). Also exposing the madness inherent in authority, but it was transformed by Wiene to a framing story which has Francis as the madman. Film historian, Siegfried Kracauer comments on this change, “A revolutionary film was thus turned into a conformist one- following the much-used patterns of declaring some normal but troublesome individual insane and sending him to a lunatic asylum (Kracauer,67).” The changes was made not to...   [tags: film analysis, frightening scene]
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Movie Industry: A Nightmare on Elm Street - Through the years, countless movies have been made with the central theme of scaring the viewer. What is fear. According to Merriam-Webster, Fear can be defined as being as being afraid of someone or something. When studying about horror movies, it is important to know the definition of fear and horror. “Horror dares to say that everything is not okay. The control was never ours to being…something other, rather than something else, is at work…The function of horror is incredibly simple. It reminds us that we are not alone” (Yeats)....   [tags: fear, horror films, anxiety]
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Film Analysis: Edward Scissorhands Genre - ... We see “it” has knives for hands, and Peg starts asking for “it” not to come any closer. Before she turns to run away, the “monster’s” soft, gentle voice is heard, asking her not to go. The camera focuses on Edward’s face; it shows how pale and sad he is. The gothic horror feature used here is the physical appearance of the “monster”. Edward is a large, dark figure with objects (his scissor hands) that can cause harm. This is very stereotypical of the gothic monster as this has been used in Frankenstein (1931) and Nosferatu (1922), and is imprinted in viewers’ minds....   [tags: horror films, monsters, mind] 1243 words
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Women Love Gore Too - ... Today, women in horror started to be recognized and their work is becoming more notable. There are a few horror films made by women watching. Chosen by many critics as one of the best horror films of all time is Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000). The film gave an insight of economics and social life of 1980’s wealthy society as with a bit of dark comedy. The film also gives a perspective on the vanity of the 80’s, which is still relevant to today, but not before giving the viewer an eyeful of blood, flesh, and amputated body parts with 1980 hits....   [tags: Stephen King, horror films] 1700 words
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Commentary on Stephen King´s Essay About Why People Watch Horror Films - ... This makes an interesting argument if we carefully consider what King is implying, it’s a scary concept to speak honestly. The thought that we could all be weirdoes walking around going to theaters, pacifying ourselves though these films. One of them could even be sleeping in your bed, or living with you. These head cases are able to stay under the radar by using scary movies as a portal in which they get relief from whatever dark fantasy they choose to explore at that time if its seeing someone stabbed they watch something like “Chucky”....   [tags: Dopamine, Insane, Fear] 790 words
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A Comparison of two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow and The Lost Boys - A Comparison of two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow and The Lost Boys Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton) and The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher) are fairly recent films, they both use specific camera shots to portray different characters, however, The Lost Boys, recorded in 1987 has fewer special effects than Sleepy Hollow, for at the time of the making of The Lost Boys, fewer facilities were available, compared to when Sleepy Hollow was filmed in 1999. Lost Boys is in some ways a tragedy, about a group of Vampires who had been taken over by the villain, (as the title "Lost Boys" suggests) who we are led to believe is David, the leader of the group of Vampires, but is in f...   [tags: Papers] 1637 words
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Stephen Kings Why We Crave Horror Films - As I was lying in bed recalling the event happened an hour before I was thinking to myself that I will never look at lightning the same way again. Thunder and lightning was still present in the night sky as I lay there in bed thanking God I was alive and well. Each flash of lightning lit the entire room and each clap of thunder rattled the windows of my hotel room. Lightning can seem much more terrifying when you’re up 20,000 ft in the mountains, and the thunder sounds a lot louder too. The sound of nature’s fury seemed to slowly descend as the night went on, but my nerves did not....   [tags: essays research papers] 827 words
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Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films - Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films Works Cited Not Included Horror films have always been more attractive to the male viewer than to the female viewer. Why is that. Usually horror films mainly present the audience with very graphic mutilation and the raping of females, more so than their male counterparts. Horror films have always depicted females as either objects or as the victim of a horrible act....   [tags: Film Movie Noir Females Essays] 2949 words
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Cult Films: Analysis of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Flamingos - Cult film, described by some as a film type with an overly obsessive and sometimes ritualistic fan base, characterised not only by its small but dedicated following, but also by the way it deals with current or past affairs with either a blatant disregard for subtlety or political correctness. Others may describe ‘cult film’ as a film type that involves ‘over the top’ acting, disgusting scenes of blood and gore, highly unlikeable characters and ‘clichéd’ often, unbelievable scenarios. However, it can be argued that the definition of ‘cult’ could simply mean ‘a set of controversial films standing up against the norm of mainstream Hollywood conformity.’ Films that do not have a particular int...   [tags: Controversial, Non-conformative]
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Orphan Movie Rieview - ... Later on strange things starting to happen in the house so Kate went to search about Esther and she found her hidden Bible and discovers that it came from the Saarne Institute in Estonia, which is a mental hospital. She e-mails them a picture of Esther and asks for more information. Later on Daniel (Brother) learns about Sister Abigail's death from Max (sister) , he tells her of his plan to get the hammer to prove Esther's guilt. Esther overheard the conversation and confronts Daniel when he’s searching the treehouse, she set it on fire locking Daniel inside trying to kill him and destroy the evidence....   [tags: psychological horror thriller films] 633 words
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The Living Dead - The Living Dead Since the beginning of film, people have been spellbound by horror movies. They seem to excite the viewer with emotions of fright, excitement and thrill. And since there have been horror movies there have been monsters to bring fright to the viewers during and after the movie. A common monster that can be found in multiple films is the zombie; also know as the living dead. One of the greatest living dead directors and screenplay writers would have to be George A. Romero. From his famous trilogy of living dead movies his final installment, Day of the Dead, proved to the world that zombies can be just as scary as any other horror monsters....   [tags: The Return of the Living Dead Horror Films Essays] 1485 words
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Analysis of Slasher Films Through Scream - Film is an important part of American culture. Movies provide us with various kinds of entertainment due to a wide array of genres. A “slasher” film, as defined by Carol Clover (author of the horror film analysis Men, Women and Chainsaws) are “the immensely generative story of a psychokiller who slashes to death a string of mostly female victims, one by one until he is subdued or killed, usually by the one girl who has survived”. One of the most popular slasher films of the late 90’s was Wes Craven’s “Scream”....   [tags: slasher film, horror, evil] 1072 words
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Exploring the Film Genres of Horror, Science Fiction, and Action Movies - What makes people fascinated and amused to watch movies. I think all kinds of movies are, in there own way, great. Practically the excitement of horror movies, and science and technology of science fiction movies, and action and enthusiasm in the action movies are some credits that makes people’s engrossment. Even so could all movies create an entertainment and make people experience their thoughts of imaginations in the real world. What are the most interesting things about these film genres, which could establish a fantasy world for their fans to escape to their imaginations and live with it....   [tags: movies, films] 814 words
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show - ... Frank-n-Furter is in charge, or at least thinks he is, of everything going on in the house. He is a strong male who is anything but feeble. Brad turns out to be the one who is the most afraid and unaccepting of what is going on in the house. Whenever Janet participated in the singing or with what the aliens were doing he would get very confused and would think that Janet has lost her mind. For most of the movie Magenta is just seen as a servant to Frank-n-Furter, it’s not until the end of the movie till she breaks out of her role as the domestic and takes charge along with her brother Riff Raff....   [tags: films with a cult following] 849 words
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People and Horror Movies - Lots of people today enjoy watching horror movies and shows that scare them. While they are scary, people still find them interesting and it hooks them onto that show or that genre of movie. That is what makes people still watch them, these shows and movies make people feel strongly about what is going on in the program. People love to feel engaged into whatever they’re watching. People also have the ability to access and watch what they want to wherever they want to. This ability makes us more versatile and we can enjoy our scary and exiting needs anywhere....   [tags: horror, excitement, entertainment] 614 words
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Stephen King: American Author of Contemporary Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy - ... 8). King was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the student senate. Justin Brooks (2008) notes that after leaving the university he worked as a teacher at Hampdem Academy in Maine and wrote short stories for magazines. Collins (1985) emphasized that “by the age of twenty, he had sold his first short story, completed one novel-length manuscript, and garnered his first rejection of a true novel.” (p. 3). Works His unique way of writing, characterized by a frank style that exhibits a stinging prose and a fierce denunciation of human stupidity and cruelty, rank him among the more distinguished popular contemporary writers (Wiater, 2001)....   [tags: films, success, activist] 901 words
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How WW Jacobs Creates a Sense of Horror in The Monkey’s Paw - Jacobs creates a sense of horror in ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by using a variety of literary techniques. As ‘The Monkey's Paw’ was written in 1902, Jacobs makes the story scary in ways that are very different to modern horror films and books. We can tell that the story was written in the early twentieth century as it contains many details that would have been common in Victorian literature. One of the most obvious features from ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ that tells us that the story was written over a century ago, is the old-fashioned language that Jacobs uses....   [tags: Horror Story, Literary Techniques] 2820 words
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New Classics of the Horror Film Genre - Dracula. Frankenstein. Godzilla. These monsters no longer strike fear into the hearts of viewers as they once did. Formerly the villains of the classic "monster movie," these relics, who now represent all that is archaic in horror film history. The monster movie of the past makes way for the thriller or slasher movie of the present, while the monster villain gives its role to the deranged, psychotic serial killer. Friday the 13th series, Nightmare on Elm Street, Copycat and Seven have become the new classics in the genre of the horror film....   [tags: Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing]
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This Is The Horror Show - Do horror films mirror our society’s fears and social problems. Horror movies gives audiences a jolt of fear as the most frightening scene takes place on screen, but is that scene of horror connected to the horrors of our everyday life. The problems we fear everyday are coming alive on the big screen. Creators of these films are cleverly disguise our society’s fears and anxieties into their films. Throughout the years of film history movie monsters have mirrored our social problems and fears; as our society changes through the years so do the monsters on the big screen....   [tags: fear, social problems, godzila]
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Analysis of Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King - Not only is Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, a biased sample, but it also appeals to population and emotion. To further explain why we crave horror movies, King argues that “we are all mentally ill” (345). He expresses that we all make an independent decision to buy a movie ticket and sit in a theatre. King goes on the to explain our mental insanity through examples, such as, “sick jokes” (347). According to King, these “sick jokes” prove our insanity and our need to release that insanity through watching horror films....   [tags: Why We Crave Horror Movies 2014]
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Gender in the Modern Horror Film - Horror movies have been part of mainstream cinema since the early 1930s when films such as Dracula and Frankenstein were created. As the horror genre evolved, so did the stories in the films. Friday the 13th (Marcus Nipsel, 2009) is a very good example of this evolution. Even though it is a remake, Friday the 13th changed the way horror movies were seen by the audience. The ideas and theory behind this slasher sub-genre of horror films can be summed up in a book. Carol Clover, an American professor of film studies, wrote a book in 1992 entitled Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film in which she described the horror film genre....   [tags: Film Review] 880 words
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Horror Movies Are All the same - Horror movies generally are all the same. They all have been based off of something that has already happened or a previous movie. Society has paid to be entertained by these gruesome stories that we all truly fear. Before movies, people would purchase books of similar traumatic events to read in their spare time for amusement. It has been said by the Filmmakers IQ's horror film lesson (2012), that writers such as Bram Stoker created graphic novels that would grab the audience's attention for years to come....   [tags: German Expressionism, Film Patterns]
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The Appeal of the Horror Genre - ... Norman Bates, the central character in the film, was an awkward, gently-spoken young man reluctantly running the declining family motel and caring for his abusive, invalid mother. This was far from a monster the audience were used to seeing on screen. As the film progresses the audience are asked to see it from his point of view and Hitchcock toys with their sympathies in a way mainstream horrors hadn't done before. Psycho is credited with launching the "slasher” movie and re-inventing the genre, giving birth to the modern horror and moving the location of scary castles to everyday locations and changing the killer from monsters to humans....   [tags: suspense, theater, violence] 846 words
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The Exorcist Defines the Horror Genre - ... It wasn’t until The Exorcist was released in 1973 that movie goers were hit with believable special effects that would have been thought impossible a mere half decade before. As a result of these revolutionary special effects, The Exorcist was regarded as “the scariest movies ever made” for much of the late 20th century. Compared to modern day special effects, The Exorcist’s rotating head, levitation, and beds that seem to be tap dancing, the special effect seem a bit silly and tame. With careful attention, however, any critic cannot help but regard it as a titan in the industry of special effects and even film making as a whole....   [tags: cinematography, film analysis]
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Is Jaws a Horror Movie? - Is Jaws a Horror Movie. First, I will intend to take you on a brief journey through the horror genre and the conventions that have been associated. Second I will show you how these conventions are used in the film Jaws. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the horror genre. To get started we are going to start with the first era or as it’s called the silent era. This era was based on monsters such as Frankenstein (1910), Dracula (1912) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The horror was all about the make up and the clever use of lighting, to add thrills....   [tags: Film Review] 1511 words
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Ambiguity of Horror Movies - Contagious diseases, the blood sucking undead, villainous mutants, deadly parasites, body snatchers; Horror movies are all filled with common fears held by its audience and the public overall. These fears presented in horror movies are induced by actual events occurring at some point in history. In the past we don’t directly see Count Dracula, Frankenstein and Jason Voorhees attacking society but, reading between the lines, the villains in horror movies are present in the antagonists in real life....   [tags: contagious diseases, blood, fears]
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The Horror Film Genre - ... In horrors location is a very big factor to the plot, as it contributes to the storyline and without a certain location the viewer would get quite confused as to where it’s set, some locations that are frequently used are places like the woods, summer camps and just normal homes. Props used can vary from many different items whether it is from the killer’s life ending weapons or something as simple as jewellery. Lightning styles are very important in this genre of film, as it’s needed to create a dark, mysterious, eerie mood that without could leave a massive impact on the way it’s viewed from the public....   [tags: movie making] 515 words
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Horror Film: The Conjuring - ... The Perron’s got connected with well-known ghost hunters Ed and Lorrain Warren to help them rid their home of evil spirits (after which Ed began the long lasting journey through hell to bring the story to the big screen years later.) Some of these qualities of the movie are quite charming; like the period hairstyles, or the style of the roleplaying and standards by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston to play the Perron parents. Other claims of truthiness, though, are way less enjoyable. There are, of course, actual photos and the newspaper clippings that play over the end credits....   [tags: hollywood, demonic figures] 658 words
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