Friday, 28 September 2012

Horror Trailer Analysis - The Possession


The trailer for 'The Possession' begins with a soft piano sound denoting a calm, normal atemosphere. The long shot of the house is used to show the iscolated house surrounded by trees, which is a typical convention of a horror film. The scene cuts to clips of the Father and his Daughter smiling and having fun which denotes the 'carefree' and simple lifestyle they have now, showing a clear contrast between the beginning and the end of the trailer, which is typically how a horror trailer begins. The voice over of the Mother again emphasises the normality of the family and their lifestyle, she is saying typical things a Mother would e.g. 'no pizza'. The birdseye shot of Father and Daughter lying together shows that they are inferior, they are clueless of what is to come. The family visit a car boot sale together where the young girl dresses up in white accessessories, the colour white may denote the purity and vulnerability of the young girl which is a typical convention of a horror film as the victim is usually an innocent character. The young girl spots an ancient box, many shots are used with a fade transition to emphasise how happy she is to have found it, getting closer to her face each shot fade to show her emotion. The lighting of the scenes become dim and gloomy, the non-diagetic voice over of the Father saying 'whoever made this didn't want anybody to open it' gives the box a sense of mystery and 'unknown'. The music changes as the girl opens the box, showing the change between the normality of her lifestyle and how it's now going to change since she's opened the box. Like any usual horror film, the cuts become fast paced and sharp to highlight the distress and worry the parents have about their child. The non-diagetic sound of the fork tapping the plate is used to build tension for the audience, which also sounds like a clock ticking, insinuating the concept of time is significant, somethings going to happen after a period of time. The clips become much faster pace and shorter as the climax of the situation builds, showing the girl tapping the plate as well as the Fathers reaction, making the attack appear out of nowhere and spontaneous. The next scene is night time, which is a typical convention of a horror film as most occurences happen late at night. The shot reverse shot of the young girl and the box hints to the audience that something strange is about to occur. The scene cuts to the next day where the girl states that she feels 'weird'. The cuts become fast paced as more abnormal things start to occur, building tension for the audience. The close up shot of Em's face implies she has been stripped of her vulnerability, she is not the innocent young girl we saw at the beginning. Various fast paced cuts are shown so the audience can see the new possessed Emily. The music changes to a soft hymn-like tune denoting that she has been possessed by something to do with religion, however making the trailer more 'creepy' by doing so. The box becomes center frame emphasising it's importance however not giving the whole storyline away, which seems to be based around the 'unknown' box itself. The music cresendos to then come to a complete stop, which will create a tense atmosphere for the audience. The scene cuts to Emily in the bathroom, the non-diagetic voice over of her Mother saying 'there's something in her' showing two fingers coming out Emily's throat, leaving a sense of mystery with the audience as they don't know what's inside of her.

Horror Trailer Analysis - Mama



The trailer 'Mama' begins with a soft piano sound, the door creak is a typical convention of a horror film. The mysterious music almost sounds as if someone is breathing. The house is located in the woods which again is a typical horror movie location, showing its iscolation from normality. The low key lighting of the room highlights the light at the end of the corridor, denoting the importance of that room as well as creating a sense of mystery and wonder within the audience. The close up shot of the boot gives the audience a slight hint to what the story is, as well as emphasising innocence and vulnerability of the young child. The music is a soft piano sound which implies that the atemosphere is calm however could be used to build tension, the music cresendos when the little girl appears. The low angle shot of the abandoned girl makes the man look inferior to her, which would create fear within the audience, also giving a sense of danger about her. The non-diagetic voice over explains whats happened to the girls, making them seem fragile and vulnerable. The high angle shot denotes the innocence of the young girl, she's frightened and inferior however the mise-en-scene of her 'filthy' appearance would leave the audience suspicious. The panning high angle shot of the girl sat in the corner, again, highlights the vulnerable state of the children. This girl is covering her face impyling that the other girl has a more important role than her. The music slightly changes to sound almost 'relgious' like a choir signing in a church, which could suggest a supernatural atemosphere which would also creep out the audience. The medium shot is used to show the 'typical' young girls bedroom, everything appears to be normal, decorated with pinks and blues sticking to conventions of what any normal childs bedroom would be like, however the audience know they are not normal children. The shot of the doll is used again to show the normality of the environment. The music changes back to a soft piano sound as the children return to normality, showing a conventional family and home. The over the shoulder shot is used to show the 'strangeness' of the young girl, her repetition of 'Mama' implies to the audience that something isn't right. The slow paced fade shot transitions are used to build up tension whilst showing the chain of unusual events. The speed of the shot transitions begin to get faster whilst the events become more serious. The birdseye shot of the woman and girl sitting at the bottom of the stairs implies she is inferior, and the 'Mama' is looking down on her as if she were her prey. The low key lighting of the medium hallway shot highlights the creepiness of the events, showing the only light coming from windows/doors. The focus shot of the butterfly also implies that this will be a significant feature of the film, as it appears several times. The shot of the whole house emphasises the isoclation of the area, which is a typical horror film convention, the dark setting is also typical as scary events usually happen at night. The light flicker is where everything seems to go wrong, the fast pace editing and cuts are used to create suspense for the audience whilst we get a hint who 'Mama' actually is. The medium shot of the young girl strips away all her vulnerability as she releases a sinister laugh, implying to the audience that conventions have been broken and she is not the innocent young girl that usually would appear in a horror film.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Horror Trailer Analysis - Sinister



The trailer 'Sinister' begins with a radio broadcast non-diagetic voice over which is discussing a family being murdered, immediately making the genre clear and hinting of the danger to come. The young girl is also circled in the photograph shown which implies vulnerability and innocence, typical of a horror movie victim, the red pen also connotes danger and blood.The music is very typical of  a horror trailer, creating suspense for the audience. The low key lighting highlights the isolation of the location, which is a very conventional area of where a horror film would take place.The panning shot toward the house at the beginning is used to show a clear contrast between the house when the family were murdered, and 9 months later when the new family move in, suggesting this family are following in their footsteps. The dissolve transition emphasises the slow pace of the trailer which makes the family appear more innocent. The high angle shot of the young girl is almost as if the murderer is 'preying' on her, making her the main culprit, she is powerless and naive - a typical horror victim. The medium shot of the parents in bed connotes a typical, happy family. Again, the trailer uses low key lighting in the attic to highlight the isolation of the prop, adding mystery to the trailer. The short pause before the music changes is used to 'shock' or 'scare' the audience about what could be inside the box. The music crescendos to a typical horror movie soundtrack, which sounds almost like a heartbeat, which could reflect the state of the father.  The shots then become very fast, cutting to various other shots replacing the 'vulnerability' of the dissolve transition with a frantic speed suggesting something is going to happen. The non-diagetic voice over explains that the man knows the people in the videos are the family who previously lived here, making him panic. The zoom on the Fathers face is used to emphasise his emotion, creating tension for the audience. The fast pace edits show the frantic state of the Father and the effect the video has had on him, which reflects how the audience will respond. The low angle shot of the policeman and the high angle shot of the Father are used to contrast the characters, the policeman holds the dominance and has all the power over the situation. The high angle shot also highlights the vulnerability of the Father and his frantic state of mind. The extreme close up of the Fathers eyes shows the reflection of the fire in the video in the lens of his glasses which implies danger and possibly death, which could suggest what is to come for the family. The low key lighting whilst the Father is watching the videos shows the mysterious nature of the 'monster' and that it hides in the dark, creating a sense of the 'unknown' which would scare the audience. The shot reverse shot contrasts the figure and the character, the figure is mysterious and frightening whilst the character is frightened and worried. The figure then disappears creating suspense for the audience. The editing of the photograph makes the image come to life, making the 'monster' a reality to the man as well as the audience. The over the shoulder shot of the man highlights that somethings not right, cutting to a high angle shot of his Daughter again to show her vulnerable state. The mid close shot of the Father is used again to show his emotion, he's shocked/worried about the image his Daughter has drawn as he has already saw this previously. The low key lighting makes the audience focus on the box as it is the key point of the scene, building tension and horror within the audience. The Father is burning what he has saw, the fire represents danger and death, but also the evil of the figure, he's trying to destroy that. The fast pace shots again reflect the frantic state of the character, the high angle shot of the symbol makes the audience feel fear and vulnerability, as if the figure is in control of the situation, the symbol is keeping him alive. The Father tries to escape the figure, however gets trapped, which is a typical convention of a horror movie. The sound of the projector reel turning creates suspense, the film has ran out but the reel continues to turn, reflecting that his time has also ran out. The short, fast shot of the young girl studying the image shows that the image was infact a gateway for the figure, again making the audience frightened. the short clip of the axe would create extreme tension for the audience and could possibly be telling a story of destruction as the figure is aiming to destroy the young girl. The shot reverse shot of the Father and the dead children highlights his helplessness and his urgent state of mind. The fire at the end shows the recurring link to burning throughout the trailer, which could possibly mean danger and death of the young childrens souls, the figure is evil, and the fire may present Hell.