Halloween Opening Essay

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The opening titles of the film are in black and orange, and they are stereotypically spooky colors. Along with these, there is a pumpkin which has suggestions of being spooky and evil as well as being a key symbol of Halloween which is linked too the film this pumpkin then slowly zooms in to fill the shot. Tense, creepy music plays in the background during the titles, this is a typical convention of Horror films. During the rest of the opening, no other sounds are used, besides footsteps and screams. This builds up uncertainty, and the silence of the scene makes the audience feel the suspension. The establishing shot is a long shot of a house in the dark. Low lighting is used to create lots of shadows. It plays with the viewers mind,…show more content…
The only close-up used in the opening is of a knife being taken from the kitchen drawer, which is iconography and because it’s a close up it means that it could be significant and this builds up tension. The victim is revealed as a naked young woman. The fact that she is a woman is very representative of the horror genre, the women are usually portrayed as being weak and vulnerable. Her nudity could also be a sign for her vulnerability and to show how unprotected she is to the killer. At the end of the opening, the shot zooms away from the point of view shot, and shows the killer is dressed as a clown. The clown can symbolize evil and a fear a nd clowns are very common in horror films. The mask is then pulled off and it is discovered that the killer is actually a child. This is a shock because children have associations of innocence and love and this contrasts to the scene of the child holding a blood covered knife and being surrounded by police. During this shot, more lighting is used, which means that the killer is now exposed, and the audience aware and is
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