An Introduction to the Horror Genre. What is the horror genre? What is the task for this Controlled Assessment? What are the conventions of horror?. Horror Films you have watched. List as many horror films that you have seen. Share your list with the other people at your table.
What is the horror genre?
What is the task for this Controlled Assessment?
What are the conventions of horror?
Write down what you are afraid.
What other fears do
Why is the horror genre so powerful?
bees and wasps
Horror of Personality
Horror of Armageddon
(Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
Horror of the demonic
Dystopian world view
Why would audiences want to ‘escape’ with a genre that stimulates fear and anxiety with horrific events?
A Nightmare on Elm Street = 9 sequels since 1984 Saw = 6 sequels since 2004
Halloween = 10 sequels since 1978 Final Destination = 5 sequels since 2000
Friday the 13th = 12 sequels since 1980 Paranormal Activity = 4 sequels since 2007
Production & Editing 
Film your film. You can use school cameras or your own if they are HD. You are encouraged to film outside of school.
No planning = no permission to film! Your research & planning folder must be signed off before you can start the next phase.
You will be marked on…
Written Evaluation 
List the conventions of horror movies (conventions are the elements you expect in a horror film): Try to fit in an example from the horror films you know.
Fill in the conventions sheet
Genres change over time……
When a particular type of film becomes popular, it is imitated, then a genre develops. Over time, certain conventions become ‘the rules’.
Eventually, changes occur, subgenres appear. Some may become full genres in their own right.
A mature genre can be parodied or mocked (Scary Movie).
Films may mix their genres to appeal to more audiences.
Genres can be made up of sub-genres, each with their own specific set of conventions.
What are some sub-genres of horror?
slasher, teen terror, serial killers, zombie, vampire, alien, psychological, found footage
Try to name a film that fits each subgenre
Genre movies tell us about the time in which they are made, not set.
Genre movies reinforce ideas in society.
In The Ring, there is a fear of technology – Samara can kill you through the television & a phone call says you will die in 7 days.
Genre movies often involve conflict between accepted ideas and “the other”.
‘Prom Night’ (2008), Nelson McCormick
‘Scream’ (1996), Wes Craven
‘Darkness Falls’ (2003), Jonathon Liebesman
‘The Ring’ (2002), Gore Verbinski
‘Saw’ (2004), James Wan
Fill in the Opening Sequence Analysis sheet