It seems as though most killer/monster roles are taken by men, while women are usually put into roles that are powerless leaving them to be the victim. As mentioned before, horror films are always changing, for instance, many horror films end in brutal deaths. However, when it comes to movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, their endings are a bit more significant than the average horror film only because the killer is confronted by the “final girl”. The final girl is usually the character who is seen as pure and is able to confront the killer at the end of the film. The final girl is a unique character because she slowly overcomes her fears and by doing so she becomes empowered.
Over all, the movie is very scary, there are some screens that I couldn’t even watch. Even I’m not scared of dark or any bugs, the images on the movie really scared me. I think the character Samuel is the basic example of how horror media could create violence and hostility. I think any kid would feel same way as Samuel
The horrible faces a frozen death is what it seems like she sees. It represents the many women who have tried to break out of their own cages but giving up when becoming stuck. Thus died from the suffocation the oppression brought but read as strangulation from trying to get out. From the begging she suspects the house to have a gruesome background. She is surprised until she becomes sectioned off to that room.
An online essay defines horror as, 'its true subject matter is that of the struggle for recognition of all that society represses? (Niver). Although horror films as well as film noir films are usually fictitious, the violence depicted among women is real and they show the dark side of the human experience especially in women. In some horror films, females are ?often asked to bear witness to [their] own powerlessness in the face of rape, mutilation and murder? (Jancovich 61).
With so many national tragedies, calamities, disasters, and political controversies, 2017 turns out to be a very stressful year for a lot of people. It is the reason why horror movies are a hit at the box office, sociologists say. Startle and horror distracts people from daily thoughts and concerns, Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist who specializes in fear, said. By watching horror movies like “Happy Death Day” – which earned $733 million at the box office – people are completely in the moment and feel powerful. The author of “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear” explained those feelings to the cascade of chemicals released in times of threat.
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.
While, others were pitching in to devise a plan to combat the slew of ghouls drawing near the farmhouse, Barbra was in a state of bewilderment due to Johnny’s death and was unmindful of the plan to defeat the ghouls, therefore she became a hindrance to the others. Robert Hass film criticism of Carol J. Clover’s work on “Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film”, declares, “Women are usually helpless victims in the horror genre” (Haas 67). This quote given by Hass, essentially summarized the Barbra’s character in such a manner that the viewer would infer that Barbra enacts the stereotypical role of a “horror chick”. Comparatively, Ben is introduced to the audience. He differs in nature and demeanor to Barbra.
She was in charge of difficult cases, and two inmates had been strangled to death by her polar bear arms.” (Gabriel Garcia, pg 75) This quote explains why Herculina weakened Maria’s spirit because of her abusiveness to other patients. After repeatedly asking to use the phone, Maria was denied and thought to be crazy. She was not allowed to use the phone. This abusive figure ruined Maria's fighting spirit to stay sane and to escape the sanatorium. This abusive figure pushed her so far that Maria gave up and really changed into a crazy person.
The idea of the abhuman is truly terrifying and is a very popular element included in various films, it allows writers to be limitless with abilities of their characters and most writers go to extremes making characters horrific through their appearance aswel as strength and speed etc. Frankenstein is a further character created in this way. The story blurs lines between who the monster really is, are humans the monsters because they leave anything perceived as ‘different’ marginalised and isolated? Nosferatu also creates a base for camera shots in horrors as it uses various close up shots changing swiftly to long or mid shots to create tension aswel as a visual image that emphasizes reality. A final element included in Nosferatu I believe contributes to its success would be its lighting, it uses shadows and low lighting to keep a tense atmospheric feel throughout the entire production which positions the audience to feel afraid and weary at all times.
In one scene, Lady Macbeth is trying to wash out what she sees as being blood on her hands, even though she is sleepwalking, though the doctor and woman in the room dare not blame her for anything, for fear of being accused and executed for treason. At the start, Lady Macbeth was pushing the fearful Macbeth to kill Duncan. Now, late in the play, their roles have reversed, and it is Lady Macbeth who is fearful, not her husband.