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).
The 1950’s and 60’s focused on sci-fi, B movies and Hammer horror, often known as the ‘Atomic Phase.’ Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Alien at the Arctic Circle and The Thing (1951) are good examples. Horror then switched to witchcraft and zombie films such as Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and Day Of The Dead (1985). Conventions changed, we now had more suspense, people being trapped and spiritual terror. Towards the end of the era we also saw an increase in the amount of violence and gore but this was nothing compared to what came next. Finally, horror became ‘Slasher.’ The 1970’s became obsessed with realistic news stories and characters and films became more stylize and followed similar storyline conventions.
Feminist critics tend to focus on females being mutilated in these films, despite the fact that just as many men die in most horror movies as women. Is it fair to claim horror movies are sexist when men and women both die in horror movies, and it is often a woman who is able to outsmart the killer and survive the entire movie? Are women is slasher films really victims or are they strong survivors? The first misconception about slasher films is the idea that women are the main victims in these movies. According to Vera Dika: Although it may at first seem that the violence in these films is directed overwhelmingly against women, a closer look reveals a curious fact….
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.
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.
Horror finally became horror with the slasher movie era. They became realistic but also they became more stylised. Based on a real life tragic such as, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Halloween (1978) and Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) screens where awash with blood. This is where we see male psycho, the unwilling hero and teenage trouble. There are also soul survivors that carry the seque... ... middle of paper ... ...horror so it is a bit of both but compared to the horrors that we have now with all the blood and gore special effects that make it better and the 3d its nothing like the horror’s today.
The film has all the trademarks of a slasher film; the knife-weilding masked psychopath, the stupid teenage victims being picked off one by one, and the plot twist ending. Not only are slasher films predictable, but they also contain the same gender roles most horror films have. The helpless and promiscuous female victims, the strong and brave males, and the dominant murderer are all present in the film. Though the typical gender roles seen in horror films are portrayed throughout the film, the end of the movie reverses these roles by having a female character triumph over evil. “Scream” opens up with the scene of a girl who, while home alone, receives a call from a stranger who begins to ask her strange questions.
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.
For both horror films and guillotine executions large crowds are attracted, people fight for the best seats, and individuals are killed. BLANK Though both horror films and guillotine executions are terrifying they offer us a necessary break from our daily lives. Once audiences under why they watch horror movies they will gain a better understanding of themselves. An understanding of how we watch horror movies to control and conquer our nightmares. Also an understanding for the reason why we follow society's rules is due to feeding our dark sides.
To begin with, most people go to horror movies in order to feel better about themselves. There are many ways that horror movies can help people feel better about how they are and act. King explains that even though people may compare themselves to hideous figures “we are still light-years from true ugliness” (1). King uses an example of a horrible disembodied figure in order to show that people could look worse. Horror movies tend to have gruesome characters, like a twisted clown from the movie “It” or even a burnt man that runs through children’s