As the years have progressed horror movies have gained popularity. They attract young adults, teenagers, and the occasional middle age group. In the 1930’s horror movies attracted middle aged adults rather than young adults. People were attracted to the films for reasons like: the history of horror movies, the popular movie Dracula, and the appeal of fantasy. “The 1930’s marked the golden age of horror films as audiences sought relief from the economic hardships of the Great Depression and found solace in fictional cinematic frights.
They consist of much more varied and clever plots and storylines. Re-workings of older horror films are filmed with the view to appeal to a modern audience and the audience go to see these horror films with an expectation of what they think will happen and the good thing about horror films is they can have plot twists and unexpected events occurring throughout the film. We watched two extracts from the film adaptations of two Gothic horror novels, Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Kenneth Brannagh's 'Frankenstein'. We analysed these two scenes and then compared them to the written extracts. The two scenes we looked at are the creation scene from 'Frankenstein' and Harker's journey to Dracula's castle and his first meeting with Dracula from 'Dracula'.
Though both genres will frighten the audience, it will happen in two different ways. Whether the horror thrills or the thriller horrifies, a scare is always incorporated. Horror movies attempt to make the audience experience fear, dread, disgust or terror. The plots often involve the supernatural and fantasy world giving the audience the reassurance that what is being seen is not truly existing. Horror movie plots are often than not, predictable.
These are called horror conventions. Typical horror conventions include close-ups of a character, thunder and lightning and a big creaking door in an old abandoned house. These are things seen in almost every horror film, as they create a scary atmosphere and are easy to do. Music and sound effects are very useful for horror films. Generally the music they use is off key and eerie.
“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). Horror films are abundant and the idea of being scared keeps bringing people back to the movies only to go through that unpleasant journey again but with a new plot and characters. What makes these movies scary?
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? Participating in suspense, adventure, mysteries, and discovery amuse audiences every time they watch films. There is specific film genres that have most of this attraction to the audience, which make them most likely to have all secretes of attraction in it. These films genres have changed our out look and make us thinks better, because it provides us with a source of leisure; these movies are horror movies, science fiction movies, and action movies. A horror movie “makes people think, what if it was reality?” said by a thrill seeker person who was waiting to watch a horror movie.
Writters such as Bram Stoker created graphic novels that grabbed peoples attention for years to come. But the horror movie, The House Of The Devil(1896), was noted as being the first ever horror movie. And as the years pasted, the industry grew and became stronger. The artist and creative portion of the movies became more gruesume and realistic. Now many of the horror films that have been creatured are said to be based off an events that were real.
Horror films are so popular due to the fact that it sparks curiosity, it allows one to release repressed feelings, it allows one to face their fears, and because it allows one to feel better about their own life. In many cases people are drawn to horror films because it relieves one’s repressed feelings caused from childhood trauma. A quote from the Intro to The Beauty was: “I fell in love with horror because what the best horror does, is make us look at the most frightening aspects of ourselves”. Although horror films are essentially fictional, it also has a real world effect. The happenings in a horror film are often real world situations which creates a sense of connection between the characters in the film and those of the audience.
Typically, ghost or supernatural phenomenon was the main theme of the horror film. These supernatural characters have something in common, that they are mostly the spirit of discriminated and lower class females. At the end of movie, the main reason why these ghost show up or possess someone’s bodies was revealed, since main character; usually males, identify the offender who killed the spirits. Finally, the evil disappears and every social order operates as usual. To investigate the prevalence of female monsters in horror movies, it would be explained by borrowing the idea of ‘repression model’ stated by Robin Wood.
Special effects have become a vital part of many horror movies. It has allowed for the creation of some of the most horrific and terrifying horror movie characters which have given filmmakers many more options in deciding how they were going to approach the creation of their horror movies. Special effects have allowed for an increased immersion of audiences in horror movies because of the increased use of updated technology like Computer-Generated-Imagery have allowed for increasing realistic horror movie characters to portray a needed fear to keep audiences intrigued and interested. The use of special effects in horror movies has broadened its audience by giving filmmakers more options in how they were going to create some terrifying horror