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* Usually, horror movies are set at night or in the dark as this is usually when people feel the most insecure which relates to the audiences real life
* Horror movies almost always contain a scene that makes the audience jump. The audience are intrigued by this as it makes them feel tense, as the situation builds up but therefore encourages the audience to read on
* Some typical ‘slasher’ movies may contain some sort of mystery which leads the audience to question who is or are the potential ‘villains’ within the plot.
This is used to interest the audience, and to encourage them to watch until the end to find out who caused all of the horror within the story.
* Every horror movie needs to contain a victim and a villain. Villains can be anything from monsters, aliens, vampires, or just your average everyday people.
Although, usually the victims within a story are women as they are known to be some of the most vulnerable people. This adds success to horror movies as young women watching the movie are going to be encouraged to find the movie scarier as they may imagine themselves to be in the same situation.
* Modern horror movies contain many special effects in order to make the movie more realistic to the human eye, and therefore making it again scarier for the audience to watch as they picture themselves within the same situation
* Some horror movies however, leave some of the special effects to the imagination.
For example, the movie ‘The human centipede’ displays across the idea to the reader of a messed up surgeon having a sick fantasy of creating a human centipede. The actual creation of this isn’t shown within the movie and is infact left to the audience’s imagination. This encourages the reader to be interested to watch the film as they are given the chance to make their own assumptions about how everything happened within the film, and then are then lead to potentially more awful thoughts.
* Music plays an extremely big part in the creation of horror movies. Especially tense music that gets louder over time as this creates suspense within the movie and leaves the audience on the edge of their seats. Usually, tense music is used in order to build up to a scene that either shocks or makes the audience jump. By letting the audience become aware of the fact that the film may make them jump this weirdly makes them want to carry on and watch the movie.
* Gore and violence are commonly used within horror movies as it is not something that humans typically want to come across in their life time, and this adds to the shock of the whole ‘horror movie’ genre.
* A lot of more modern horror movies carry a physiological sense which provides the audience with a false sense of security. For example, the movie Physco shows a woman in a shower, which is usually a place where a woman would typically feel safe, but this security is taken away from her as she is stabbed to death within her shower. This shocks audiences, and encourages them to be scared that this may potentially happen to them. Movies like this may stick in human’s minds after watching the movie, and even scare them afterwards when they are in the same situation.
Within our horror movie ‘Santa’s Sack’ we have mainly used the physiological aspect of the horror movie genre. The fact that the movie will contain a killer ‘Santa Claus’ who acts on Christmas Eve will shock the audience as this is typically known as a happy time for most humans. This provides the audience with a false sense of security of Christmas time, and will intrigue them to watch what happens. The movie will also be set at night, which is a typically know place for horror movies to be set as this is however somewhere where humans typically don’t feel safe. An example of another horror movie which uses the aspect of a false sense of security is The Grudge. This movie uses places such as someone’s bed to place someone’s murder, which is usually a place where a person would feel safe. Therefore, taking away the safe aspect of the person’s bed.
We have decided to choose a little girl named Molly to play the victim within our short horror movie as this is a typically know generic horror movie convention. Molly will be displayed to be your typical sweet gullible little girl who is let in for a shock when she realises ‘Santa Claus’ isn’t who she expected. Also, the fact that the little girl is going to be murdered will shock the audience, and intrigue the audience into watching the rest of the film.
The generic convention of a false sense of security will then be used later on in the film when the movie plays on the song ‘Santa Claus is coming to town.’ Earlier on in the movie, Molly and her little brother Max will be shown to be singing the song cheerfully whilst decorating the Christmas tree. Later on, when Molly is displayed to be dying she sings the song in a slow and daunting way with the words altered which will intend to creep the audience out. This is also a false sense of security as the song is a well known happy song that represents Christmas time around the world. The slow pace that Molly is going to sing the song as may also stick in the audiences mind and make the movie have a lasting impression which shocks the audience.
The end of the movie will be left to the audience’s imagination as we are not actually going to display what happens to the character of Molly. This will leave the ending to the audience’s imagination and will encourage them to think of more sick and vile thoughts that could have actually been created, which will create a bigger effect on the audience. This is also a typically known generic horror movie convention that is used widely throughout horror movies.