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.
The term Gothic is significant for the understanding of the origins and development of the horror genre. Both of these genres differ, whilst Gothic literature is the text that explores the frightening extremes in mankind, horror focuses more on the unknown. The Gothic horror genre has changed over time and retains importance because it is the antecedent of the horror genre. Factors such as the definition of the word Gothic, the archetypes of the genre, and its social and historical contexts, have altered considerably as time progressed. The value and popularity given to the gothic horror genre has also varied during the past few centuries.
Horror movie plots are often than not, predictable. Horror movies will show gruesome and graphic violence. Many times, this will include close up shots of horrifying deaths and relentless tortures in an attempt to compel an audience to express emotions such as disgust and fright. Also, the way horror movies are promoted and advertised is a difference. In trailers and movie covers the backgrounds are often red or a dark color as such.
Horror movies don’t sound so bad, right? Honestly, there are so many types of horror movies out there some on netflix are considered thrillers but I think not. All horror movies have this awful suspense that makes you want to vomit because the suspense is real and scary. A couple of scary movies that recently came out are, “The Conjuring 2 and Don’t Breathe,” some movies can be realistic as in based on true events. Some people might consider Jaws to be a horror movies because of all the blood and people have fears of sharks.
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.
Audiences love to be scared. Horror films attempt to find some sort of trigger in the audiences mind, and develop it to create horror. Preceded by the great horror novels such as Dracula, and developed in the early nineteen twenties and nineteen thirties in Germany. From slash movies, to the post-modern psychological thrillers, horror films have evolved into an art form. This genre relies heavily on the basic horror conventions.
Driven by filmgoers’ fascination for thrills and chills, the horror genre has continued to scare, entertain and induce nightmares into all that succumb to the genre. Taking influence from the Victorian gothic novel, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (1819), horror is one of the most recognisable film genres thanks, in part, to the codes and conventions practiced during the production process of horror filmmaking. Film codes and conventions refer to ‘the rules by the which narrative is governed’ (Hayward, p 68), how film techniques are implemented to distinguish a films genre. This critical analysis aims to analyse one sequence from Sam Raimi’s 1982-film, ‘The Evil Dead’, and James Watkins 2012-film, ‘The Woman in Black’. Discussions will be made relating to the codes and conventions found in each film in which includes: iconography, mise-en-scene, cinematography, montage and sound, to emphasize that both films as fitting representations of the horror genre.
[…] No one can make us leave this house.” The Others deals with the coexistence of “otherized” identities. Thus, the conflict is resolved by overturning the role between the offender and victim of horror. People regarded to be included within the identified world confront the fear of objectobject of fear, newly recognizing it in ‘the other’s’ point of view. Similarly, while we are watching horror films we constantly confront with our own otherness, those fragile states deeply buried by psychotic defense. In this process, the horror film acts as a guide to help us face uncomfortable feelings and truths about ourselves.
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. Whether it’s the representation of the nuclear war in Night of the Living Dead or societal division in The Hills Have Eyes, there is some truth in the fears present in horror movies. Horror movies throughout history reflect society; its fears, events and over all state.
Movies are a favorite past time recreation among individuals. The following two authors Gianluca Di Muzio (2006) and Stephen King (2007) present opposing views towards the horror genre and its impact on society. Di Muzio article on “the immorality of horror films” and King’s article on “why we crave horror movies” are great examples on ways the horror genre affects society. Di Muzio (2006) presents the negative messages placed in horrific cinema, whereas King’s (2007) communication is about the positives. Di Muzio (2006) emphasizes dark themes, plot and ways society’s consumption to gore can lead to a sadistic lifestyle in one of his studies and critiques on the horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre, whereas views conveyed by King (2007) towards the genre are simply recreational and meant for adrenalin addicts.