The Horror Genre Essay

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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
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The viewer will feel sorry for the victim, and feel hatred towards the murderer, getting him or her involved in the film - how often have you been watching a film and the person sat next to you starts saying 'Yes! Yes! Kill him!' or 'Don't be stupid! It's obvious he's guilty!' I certainly have (usually my mum). If the victim is female, she is often attractive, making male viewers like her - and then angry when she is killed, again getting angry with the murderer. Once a person has started getting involved in a film, they won't want to stop watching it - they'll want to see the guilty murderer get caught, or killed.

Of course, in a horror film not all characters are real - and nor are the events. Camera trickery, special effects and make-up add to the realism of a good horror film. The lighting adds emphasis to make-up, a character's personality or a frightening scene. If something surprising happens, such as a hideous monster jumping out on someone, up lighting will be used. This is when the lights are shone from the floor, up onto something, e.g.. under someone's chin. This causes no shadows on the person's face, making it seem big and bright, thus often scary. This usually makes a person jump, increasing the thrill of the film. Otherwise, down lighting can be used to make a person

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