Almost everyone has a favorite genre of film, but how everyone defines their favorite genre can differ greatly. Horror is one of the genres where its definition can be perceived differently by many people. Like all other genres, horror does have rules and traditions that must be included in order for a film to be considered a horror film. These rules and traditions include a protagonist, an antagonist, an escape or escape attempt of some sort, and very influential audio and visual effects.
To begin with, the protagonist is an absolute must in any horror movie. The protagonist in a horror film is usually one person or a group of people. The protagonist in Sinister 2 is a mother and two sons which is provides a good example of the group protagonist…show more content… This being is the antagonist. The antagonist brings a great aspect to every horror movie especially because it can change forms. An example of it changing forms is in The Boy. Most of the film the wooden doll is seen as the antagonist, but in the end there is actual human being living behind the walls that is the real antagonist (The Boy). The antagonist is an absolute must in any horror film because without it there is nothing to provide a horrifying experience for the protagonist. The antagonist is the reason any horror film is horrifying. Without an antagonist most horror films would lose a great portion of the plot, if not all of it, because the protagonist would have nothing to be scared of. The whole film would turn into a person or a group walking around possibly crying or screaming for no reason. The antagonist provides the reason for most of the protagonist’s actions throughout the…show more content… This part of the horror film is where most of the action occurs. Without the escape aspect of a horror film there would not be much of climax in any horror film. The escape or an escape attempt in a horror film provides the suspense that keeps the attention of the audience. Many horror films provide a special character, who is almost a hero in essence, at this point in the film to help the protagonist escape the antagonist, or escape a situation the antagonist put the protagonist in. In the film Insidious: Chapter 3, Quinn, who is the protagonist, receives help from Elise Rainier who can speak to and interact with demons. A demon was trying to take over Quinn’s body, but Elise steps in an helps Quinn escape from the demon (Insidious: Chapter 3). Often times, just like in Insidious: Chapter 3, the special character is an insignificant character up until the part of the film where the escape occurs. These special characters are very important to the escape process, and without them many films would be significantly