Horror Genre

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Horror Genre

Teresa Gann

ENG 225 Introduction to Film

Instructor John Thorburn

July 4, 2016

Horror Genre

Genre theory is used in film studies to assist in the facilitation of the film category. A genre is a type or category (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). A genre is dependent on the factors varying in story lines and what the audience are expecting. The theory creates shortcuts in the description of the film. A genre theory is useful and efficient in shortening academic works. Horror films seek elicit emotions that is a negative reaction from viewers by playing on the viewer’s primal fear. The horror films often deal with the fears of the viewer, nightmares, revulsion and unknown terrors. The plots of this genre include evil forces, personage or event, into the world we live in. The elements of the story include werewolves, ghosts, demons, serial killers, cannibals, evil witches, monsters, vampires, vicious animals, gore, and extraterrestrials. Genre helps the viewers decide what kind of films they enjoy watching. I will be discussing a summary of the movie Saw, what genre the movie is and what other sub-genres exist in this movie.

One film that fits into the genre of horror is Saw. This film was made in 2004 and was directed by James Wan. The stars in the film were Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, and Leigh Whannell. This movie is about a .psychopathic killer who is set on teaching his victims the value of life by putting them into demented life or death games. It starts out with two men sitting on the floor of a dirty, disused bathroom, as the film progresses the audience notices the two men are chained up by their ankles and can only move as far as the chains let them. Between them is a dead man clutching a tape player and a handgun. Each finds a tape in their back pocket. They play the tapes and…...

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