But, The reason that i also did this one is because it could be a bad things to do. Also The ouija board was on of the most popular fads in the 1960’s which was not the best fads to be popular, but they
Insidious easily fits the film conventions of the horror genre and themes. Insidious incorporates classic horror elements like haunted houses, ghosts, children being possessed, and outside experts of the spiritual world. A family with three children start to witness things out of the ordinary and are unable to understand what they are seeing. The mother, for instance, knew she was seeing strange deities, but her husband refused to believe it and thought she was just out of it. The classic element of denying there is anything out of the ordinary going on is a classic horror element. Typically the people who deny the reality that there might be something supernatural happening, are the first people to be killed or affected in some manner.
“Horror film”. For most people, the first things that come to mind are monstrous paranormal antagonists, a plethora of gruesome deaths, and, of course, the infamous jump scares that so often drive the thrill and exhilaration of such films. While films under this genre are intended to illicit negative emotions, such as fear, alarm, and anxiety, these same aspects are ironically what attracts viewers endlessly. As an avid horror film fan myself, I have seen many horror thrillers that have shaped and developed my understanding of this particular genre. In analyzing what makes a horror film a horror film, I will be discussing three different films: “Child’s Play”, “The Birds”, and “Paranormal Activity”. While these films have their own distinct
Horror films share similar characteristics. Horror is meant to enact fear into its audience. Most horror films scare their audiences by using vampires, zombies, ghosts, blood, or gore. However, the film, Rosemary’s Baby (1968), scares its audiences, not by blood and gore. Rosemary’s Baby is one of the scariest films made, but does not conform to the normal horror genre. Roman Polanski’s film tells a story of a young mother who manipulated to give birth to Satan’s baby. Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes), an actor, is enticed by wealth. He is promised by the old couple next door (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer), who are part of a Satanic cult, riches in exchange for his wife’s, Rosemary (Mia Farrow), womb. Rosemary’s Baby is a horror film due to the cultural response of the audience based on real-life events of the 1960’s.
On a gloomy Tuesday night, a group of teenagers from George Mason University circled around an Ouija board to find out what their final grade from a psychology class, Mystery, Madness, and Murder would be. Soon after, the planchette moved, allowing them to communicate with evil spirits from another dimension. Unfortunately, this communication led them into learning not only their final grade, but also into being haunted by an evil spirit until the end of their lives. This, surprisingly, is a very common practice in the United States. Even the International Exorcists’ Association (AIE) states that the usage of Ouija boards increased the exorcism practices within the U.S. (cite). According to a recent poll on LiveScience, 65% of Americans believe
Ouija, also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board with letters, numbers (0-9) and basic communication words (yes, no, hello and goodbye). The existence of Ouija was determined since the ancient time – maybe 1000
The horror genre has held a prominent position in culture for most of history. Beginning in folklore, used as a device to scare children into good behaviors (e.g. The Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales), horror has integrated its way into the 21st century through film, and in recent years even video games. Yearly, primarily during the fall when the leaves start to brown and the natural eerie sense of fear fills the air around Halloween, the film industry likes to fill in the holes between its major grossing seasons by filling the audience with fear. However, it was Christmas of 1973 that defined the new age of Horror, when William Friedkin released The Exorcist. According to Julia Heimerdinger of Academia’s online journal, Horror, as a whole, can
KAYLA, a high school senior, is distraught over the death of her father, JOHN. Three masked people, who appear to be involved in a cult, attacked John, stabbing him to death. At the scene of the murder Detective TYLER HAYES finds an Ouija board. Tyler interviews the yard care worker, BERNARD GRAVES, who claims he doesn’t know anything.
Horror is a genre that is often overlooked due to a plethora of reasons. Readers tend to think of vampires or werewolves, but it is much more in depth. Horror is a genre that if dissected properly, can help the reader understand the correspondence to society. The Horror genre has been around since the 1890’s, when Georges Méliès was credited for creating the first horror film, emphasizing the idea that horror films have a cavernous meaning. In Georges Méliès famous short film, Le Manoir du Diable, the main character confronts Satan and has nowhere to run. This represents conflict within oneself, coinciding with the idea of a deeper meaning being prevalent throughout Shirley Jackson's work. In the novel, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley
Since it’s infancy at the beginning of the eighteenth century, horror has followed certain conventions that results in an awakening of the senses, evoking intense emotions of fear and terror in the audience. Horror feeds off triggering the primal fears embedded within all of humankind, creating a sense of menace that is the very substance of this genre. Furthermore, the central menace of a piece tends to enlighten the human mind to the world of the paranormal and the enigmatic, dark side of the unknown. The movie “Psycho” directed by Alfred Hitchcock is a perfect example. Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre, “Psycho” was filmed with great tact, grace and art in regards to horror conventions.
John Carpenter’s Halloween is an example of what a great film composer can achieve with any budget. When it comes to film genres, Halloween has to be one of the greatest examples of what a horror movie is. Throughout the film, many of the story elements can easily be seen contributing to the idea of what makes a film fit in the horror genre. There are many horror films that stray quite far from the basic idea of what a horror film usually is; however, Halloween is a great example of classic horror. Typically, horror films have a set of basic guidelines or expectations that can be seen portrayed; such examples of what is to be expected in a horror film would be the presentation of a ‘monster’ or something that violates the natural world in a perverse way, something that is unknown, or that a monster is unintentionally unleashed, and the film takes place in creepy setting or suburban neighborhood/summer camp (slasher sub-genre). In Halloween, Carpenter brilliantly matched his film to the genre guidelines of horror. The variety of ways he did this can be seen in the presence of an unknown being which extends human knowledge, introduce the killer into the story by an accidental release from a facility, and depict the sub-genre horror being a slasher film.
For those of you who don't know what a ouija board is, it is a “game” that has been produced since the 1890’s that is used to contact the souls of the dead, many people also call them a “tool” or “vessel” of the devil. Using a Ouija board is an act that has become very controversial in today's age, because of all the supernatural stories that are associated with them. The stories tend to cause hysteria, and you can usually find hundreds forums or blogs of people telling their stories and how after their experiences they wouldn't touch one with a flag pole, Some people wouldn't advise being in the same room as one, or even in the same building. These warnings are usually accompanied by outrageous stories of a friend of a friend of a friend who once tried a ouija board and had their life completely ruined by supernatural spirits. Most of the hysteria surrounding ouija boards is a mixture of urban legend, hollywood interpretations, and religious paranoia. And all those put together have influenced us to believe these crazy stories of possessions and brutal assaults by ghostly encounters are in fact true.
What is horror? Webster's Collegiate Dictionary gives the primary definition of horror as "a painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay." It stands to reason then that "horror fiction" is fiction that elicits those emotions in the reader. An example of a horror film is "The Shining", directed by Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick was a well-known director, producer, writer and cinematographer. His films comprised of unique, qualitative scenes that are still memorable but one iconic film in his collection of work is The Shining. Many would disagree and say that The Shining was not his best work and he could have done better yet, there are still those who would say otherwise. This film was not meant to be a “scary pop-up” terror film but
Quite honestly the entire movie itself scared me to death, the only reason I even went to see it in the first place was because I lost in rock-paper-scissors to my cousin, who loves horror films. Though when I wasn’t covering my eyes, I did catch a glimpse of the asylum flashback scene, which I have to say was truly frightening. However, it had to be the scene of the lady jumping off a cliff and killing her baby after escaping the asylum
The concept of witchcraft and the belief in its existence has existed since the dawn of human history. It has been present or central at various times, and in many diverse forms, among cultures and religions worldwide, including both "primitive" and "highly advanced" cultures, and continues to have an important role in many cultures today.