Sunday, 5 January 2014

Horror Films - Analysing a Character

Horror Films - Analysing a Character

Within horror films, the main characters within the film are the most vital aspect of the film. Without a scary character, its highly unlikely that you will scare your audience. This is why I have decided to use this post as research into what makes a horror character scary and how to utilise them into your horror film. 

Penny Wise The Dancing Clown
This is Pennywise the clown. He was used in the film 'It' in 1990, based on the novel written by Stephen King. He is also known as 'Pennywise The Dancing Clown'. He is capable of turning into his victims worst fears and he mainly hunted children. He is one of the most famous and iconic horror villains of all time. The use of a clown will scare a lot of people us many people have a fear of them. The clowns teeth also suggest elements of fear and his eyes are fitting for a horror film.  

Michael Myers
Michael Myers first appeared in the 1978 film Halloween as a young boy who murders his older sister, then returns 15 years later to murder more teenagers. He is one of the most famous film villains of all time. He has appeared in novels, nine films, a video game and comics.
The mask is one of the most iconic images in the horror genre and caused much fear and excitement for audiences all over the world. From this film I noticed that even plain masks and props can cause fear and affect the audience. 
Billy The Puppet (SAW)
Billy is a puppet that appeared within the horror franchise SAW. It was used by the films main villain John Kramer aka (Jigsaw) to communicate and talk to his victims. The use of a doll is similar to the use of a clown as it will contribute to many peoples fears. Billy is now strong merchandise for the SAW franchise and is widely recognised as a evil character. The makeup and use of a bike make the doll seem more life like and scary. Furthermore, the evil laugh from the doll has become a key feature to scare audiences.

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