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Horror Genre Research

The genre in horror films main objective is to create panic, fear and have a dreading effect on the
audience. The aim of the films is to appear frightening and agitating for the audience through the
use of the ideal worst fears and nightmares. The theme most horror films convey is the arrival of a
person, evil force or event. Examples are mythical creatures which include vampires, ghosts and
zombies. Horror films plots are traditionally integrated with gore and violence. The ideas of gore and
violence connote death. The main themes in horror are serial killers, revenge, demons, gore, ghosts
and haunting. These themes lead into several sub genres, which contain a vampire subgenre,
Comedy- Horror, Teen Horror, Slasher, Supernatural Horror and Zombie Horror.
Examples of Horror Films:
A Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy Krueger, an evil being from another world, stalks a group of
teenagers and kills them through their dreams.
Saw - Two men are held hostage by a psychopath, who is set on teaching his victims the value of life
by putting them into demented life or death games.
Friday the 13th - While trying to re-open a summer camp, a group of camp counsellors are
mysteriously murdered by a machete swinging slasher.

Vampire Horror-
The sub-genre of vampire film began in the early 20th century through the silent films. This became
well known through the deception of a creature that drinks blood. People were engaged through the
different ways they came across vampires through films. A notable vampire film is the Dracula film
through the rise in attention for this film there are many modified to fit in with todays society, the
reality we live in now. This film had increased its status of vampires to co-exist and integrate in the
horror section. This part of the film still remains popular as the audience influence has increased as
people enjoy the surprises and the unexpected in horror films. It has influenced many films such as
twilight and popular TV series vampire diaries and the originals. However the genre has developed
into the idea of vampire love. The iconography expected to see in this genre is blood; sinister looking
faces; black cloaks and coffins. The convention linked with the genre is death. The vampires are
dead; in order to survive they to need have blood. This is through biting humans and sometimes can
lead into killing them or turning them into the creatures they are.
Other Sub-genres of Horror:
Comedy-Horror is a sub-genre which intertwines horror themes and characters with comedy. The
aim for the cross over is to get the audience to get through to their fears and laugh at them. This is
through the comical outlets which are structured into the plot. In this sub-genre it uses simple codes
and convention which is effective as it shows the narrative and genre. The narrative of unexpected
situations makes this genre more intriguing for the audience. This is because they are not given the
traditional situations causing the build of fear.
Examples: Beetlejuice, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead.
Zombie film is a sub-genre of Horror film that portrays mindless human beings who are raised from
the dead. These films often include a Zombie invasion, and centre around Zombies feasting on
human flesh. The plot of a Zombie film then revolves around the struggle between the living, and the
living-dead. A zombie film doesnt only go into the Horror genre, but Sci-Fi, Thriller, and Comedy as
well. The iconography found in zombie horror is brains, guts, and blood. The blood connotes the
contrast between life and death. These are due to zombies looking dead but are still moving, which
suggests the life they still have. Examples of films: Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28
Days Later.