The Horror Genre

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The Horror Genre The horror genre is a topic that can be written or filmed about. In this essay, I will be concentrating on films, and how the horror genre is included in them. The main ingredients in a horror film are music, sound effects, lighting, camera trickery & special effects and most importantly a clever, catchy, scary script. But to make horror what it is, a director will include many other things that create suspense and the eerie atmosphere of the scene, or simply make us cringe. The prop are not just there to fill space, the costumes aren't chosen because the character had to wear something or the film done at night because the filming finished late. I will explain the reasons these factors are deeply thought about and invested in later, as well as the effects they have on the viewers mind and the atmosphere of the scene. The actors and actresses in a film need to be suited for their roles. Could you imagine a film where Arnold Schwarznegger is the innocent murder victim, and Dale Winton the serial killer? Don't you think it would be a little bit more logical the opposite way round? Due to Arnold's reputation as the killer or hero, people may not want to watch him being brutally and mercilessly murdered; does Dale's voice suit a typical gruff murderer's voice? But the actor is not the only important part - a characters costume can have a major effect on our emotions towards another. For instance, if the murder victim is smart, young business man, with a tidy suit, he would be considered a happy man, probably with family, the viewer may feel pity on him and his family if he is killed. This effect on the viewers mind is ... ... middle of paper ... ...p a photo of a small girl or a painting of an old man? This depends on the location - is it a business mans office or an old corridor in a haunted castle? Also, the location and time of day is important. Does a murder happen in an isolated woodland cottage at midnight or in the centre of New York at rush hour? And the sound is very important, too. Sound effects need to be perfectly timed, incidental music needs to be of the right style at the right scene. The action needs to be suited to character and personality, make-up not obvious (unless intended) and have sensible and logical camera work and lighting. If a horror film has a well written script with no 'dead ends' or 'gaps' in it, professional acting implied and an enjoyable, thrilling and scary plot, it will be popular and enjoyed by nearly all who watch it.
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