The Horror Genre Essay

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The Horror Genre

The Horror Genre has been very popular ever since Etienne Robertson, the pioneer of film horror, made the first film. The film 'Phantasmagoria' was more of a theatre shadow play. It was made during the French revolution.

Since then, thousands of Horror films have been made. Many developments have been used in newer films such as special effects and 3-D animation. A genre is formed when a type of film has certain elements that become essential to that type of film. These elements are sometimes called "generic conventions". Around these large genres sub-genres have evolved such as supernatural and sci-fi horror films like 'The Fly' and 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' In
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They are dressed in a long beige coat and a hat, they smoke a lot of cigarettes and are discreet and smooth. Not all modern films have detectives but older films like 'Psycho' and 'The Shining' have them.

In some films there is Pathos created for the killer because of his mental state. Sometimes the killer's are out for revenge or they are insane. In 'The Fly' the main character Seth undergoes a genetic change and loses his mind, this makes the viewer feel sorry for him.

Horror films have a typical narrative structure. Like 'Psycho' and 'Jaws' they start with a scene of a killing, usually the most brutal and graphic. This sets the scene and lets us know what is to come. After the first kill the murders become more discreet. Next the title sequence comes up and then the main characters are introduced. The killer then appears when everyone has been introduced and it is usually night time, plotting another attack or on his way to fulfil it. The next part is an unsuccessful attempt to kill the next victim. The final and most gripping part is the part where the detective must try to work out who is killing and prevent the next strike. Then the killer is revealed or stopped, resolving the narrative. A common device used in most horror films is the 'Red Herring'. This is when the audience is led to believe something about someone in the film that isn't true,

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