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, 8 March 2010

Horror Film Openings Research: Trick Or Treat

Trick Or Treat, Charles Martin Smith (1986)
  • De Laurentiis entertainment group [serif font]
  • Voice-over at the beginning. The voice used is a male and sounds quite forbidding and sinister
  • There is non diegetic music; sound of gongs 
  • The title 'Trick or Treat' is in an orange font, orange is a colour normally signified with Halloween 
  • There is shaky camera work however this has been done on purpose. Shaky camera work is normally associated with documentaries or social realist films however this falls into neither of them categories
  • The music gradually increases in volume
  • The opening scene doesn't actually start until one minute in
  • There is a significant amount of mise-en-scene used to connote that this is a male bedroom; Toy dinosaur, cap, studded belt, skull, books about rock music, posters of famous rock bands such as Ozzy Osborne and Anthrax. There is also non diegetic music from the rock genre playing
  • The camera pans across his room, stopping on his old fashioned video/music player. This connotes that this film is not modern or set in the 21st century
  • The mise-en-scene signifies the male protagonists personality. The use of rock posters connote that he is unlikely to be popular or a 'geek'. 
  • The male character appears to be the protagonist. He is also a typical outsider teenager in that he likes a girl but she doesn't even know he's alive and that he gives the impression of somebody that doesn't have many, if any, friends

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