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study on horror movies “[when watching] sever people hold their ears,suggesting the importance of sound in cueing terror.” (1994, p.166).The credits then begin to appear, changing between the colours of redand orange and resembling the colours of a flame, hinting at the idea ofdanger. Also these colours, paired with black, connote danger within theanimal world and on hazard signs on roads, at building sites, etc. A pumpkin is then introduced to the screen off centre, which againunsettles the audience slightly, whilst the object itself is one associated withHalloween through semic code, alongside the title of the film, which is a sayof the year associated with scares and horror. Also during the credits thecamera zooms in on the pumpkin, finishing on an ECU of its left eye, with theflames flickering within it, an effect, and eventually, an image which is quiteunsettling.Next the film’s narrative begins, with the setting shown in white letterson black background, a contrast symbolic of the binary opposition betweengood and evil - with the white representing good to the black of evil –something which led Aaron Evans to say that “the start of ‘Halloween’ is aless subtle imitation of the opening of ‘Psycho’
”. The writing also revealsthat it is set on Halloween night which has semic association with the occult,the scary and the supernatural. The audio also shifts from that used over thecredit sequence to children singing a song, something quite commonly usedin horror films.The next shot is a subjective shot of a house at night, the front ofwhich is white, again contrasting with the black of the night sky and the whiteof the house. The house is reasonably isolated, being detached andtherefore having space at either side of it. The setting of both an isolatedhouse and night time are common in the horror movie and its slasher subgenre; being used time and time again in films like the ‘Texas ChainsawMassacre’. The subjective point of view is also something of a staple ofslasher movies with shots from the perspective of the killer and the victimsbeing frequently used.