As this is a resubmission, all posts dated before October 2010 refer to the original submission. Substantial additional research and re-filming has been done since then.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Film Research New; Bride of Chucky

Bride of Chucky, Ronny Yu (1998)

  • Universal Pictures
  • Serif Font - the font type looks stereotypically gothic. This signifies that this film is from the horror genre.

  • In the first scene its raining and lightening. Lightning and storms are a common feature in horror films. It's also set at night, the dark generally makes everything appear more scary and plays on the idea that 'monsters' come out at night.
  • The next scene where the policeman is going into the 'Evidence Depository' shows lots of 'cages'. The camera focuses on the sign ' Evidence Depository'. Behind the bars are inter-textual references from other films. For example behind one is a white hockey mask and a chain saw; this is  from the film Friday the 13th , Sean S. Cunningham (1980). Behind another one is what looks like a Freddy Krueger mask and the long razor/metal clawed glove. This is from the film A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven (1984)
  • The policeman/authority figure is quite obviously scared. As the main audience of this film would be the youth audience, the authority figure being portrayed as weak would appeal to them. It's quite common in horror films with a target audience of teenagers to connote that authority figures like police men are useless and weak. 
  • The blonde female scream queen is one of the antagonists in this film. This is connoted by her provocative dress sense; Black leather and fishnet tights. This is also a signifier that she is quite promiscuous. 
  • The Chucky doll does an 360 degree head turn. This is another example of inter-textual reference as in The Exorcist, William Friedkin (1973) the 360 degree head turn is widely known and recognised. 
In Bride of Chucky, one of the characters, Damien, picks up the Chucky doll and laughs at it before throwing it across the room. I am going to try to recreate a similar scene in my film opening. 

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