This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Comparison Of Two Horror Movies: The Exorcist And The Shining

834 words - 3 pages

The two film posters I am studying are "The Exorcist" and "The Shining" both of which are part of the Horror genre.In both posters many visual and written codes are being used. Firstly in The Exorcist poster the visual codes used includes the dark silhouetted house with the bright angelic light shining down on the man a very typical horror film set up with symbols of good (the light shining down on the man) and symbols of evil (the dark and scary looking house). The green glow surrounding the man is another visual code, which is used to signify eeriness and an atmosphere of unrest and evil. A further visual code is the blackness around the house, signifying the dark and evil mood of the film. Furthermore The fact that the man pictured is just standing and looking at the signifies a sense of anxiety and fear of what he is going to find when he enters the house.The written signifiers are firstly the name of the film "The Exorcist" suggests that the narrative will be based around an exorcism. Also the caption at the top of the poster "the scariest movie of all time" sets a goal for the film that the audience will now want to see achieved.The poster for "The Shining" uses visual and written codes in a different way. The first obvious visual signifier is the man forcing his head through a door with an axe in it, this is displaying the mans insanity or anger and shows that the narrative will probably be involved around his growing insanity and madness. Also there is a further visual code of the woman in the background screaming showing that there is a lot of fear and suspense in the narrative.As far as written codes there isn't really any on the Shining poster as the text is written in a style of writing that you wouldn't normally associate with a horror filmIn both posters there is not much information given away about the film itself. In the poster for the Exorcist you can make judgements by the visual and written signifiers like the name of the film and the mood that is set up by the colours used on the posters gives away that the narrative is based around an exorcist or an exorcism and that it will be scary and eerie set up.The shining poster lets us learn that the film is about a woman trying to escape from a mentally...

Find Another Essay On Comparison Of Two Horror movies: The Exorcist and The Shining

The Influence Of Horror Movies Essay

887 words - 4 pages heard the stories of the boys who tried to be like Chucky, horrifically killing a two year old, or the teenagers that brutally murdered a woman in an attempt to mimic Ghostface from the hit horror movie franchise Scream. As a result of these shocking murders, a lot of controversy and debates emerged discussing the role that horror movies played in the execution murders. Some blamed the movies and others said they had nothing to do with it. That

Exploring the Film Genres of Horror, Science Fiction, and Action Movies

795 words - 3 pages What makes people fascinated and amused to watch movies? I think all kinds of movies are, in there own way, great. Practically the excitement of horror movies, and science and technology of science fiction movies, and action and enthusiasm in the action movies are some credits that makes people’s engrossment. Even so could all movies create an entertainment and make people experience their thoughts of imaginations in the real world. What are the

"Ulitmately Everything is Frightening" A comparison of " The Shining" and The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

1584 words - 6 pages wider context that every single individual manipulates fear for themselves and thus it is the individual that determines to what extent that fear has influence on their lives.The Shining is a novel by Stephen King written in the horror genre which clearly reflects the influence of fear on a person’s life as well as forging a direct link between knowledge and fear. The book begins with a disgraced teacher, Jack Torrance, aiming to reconcile the

The Paradox of Horror: The Most Feasible Theory of Why Some People Like Horror Movies

1767 words - 8 pages Every year Cinemas are flooded with new horror movies to which people line up and pay to spend two hours biting their lips, covering their eyes, and shrinking away in fear. This observation is thoroughly perplexing as it is reasonable to assume that people would aim to avoid things which cause them distress, and thus has come to be referred to as the paradox of horror. This phenomenon justly commands attention in philosophy, neuroscience

Possession in The Exorcist

2470 words - 10 pages movies for example followed the idea of “slow horror” but in the 80s a “fast horror” with as much gore, killing, and special effects that the director could fit in there, became the new norm. The first Exorcist was extremely effective in its time by acting as the new wave in movie making. Friedkin used great special effects for that time, which in turn put the viewers in a state where they felt like they were there. It may not have looked as real

The Shining and Jaws

1953 words - 8 pages clichés similar to many horror films of the era, Kubrick and Spielberg create horror films that attack viewers psychologically. Both of the films use a danger color to foreshadow eminent danger, a bone-rattling film score to induce fear, and discomforting cinematography to cause a sense of despair. Although The Shining and Jaws are already close to 40 years old, the films will continue to be some of the top horror films ever made, and even when 90,000 more horror films are made, people will remember the fear of watching these two films.

Ambiguity of Horror Movies

1593 words - 6 pages Berlin, North and South Korea and the North and South states of the US have been torn over communism, civil rights, war, etc. This societal division is also seen in horror movies. In the article “We’re All Dirty Harry Now”, Riegler presents how in movies like The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre two different groups are shown, the civilized and savage, the ‘country folk’ and the ‘city slickers’: “In the 1970’s

People and Horror Movies

786 words - 4 pages Lots of people today enjoy watching horror movies and shows that scare them. While they are scary, people still find them interesting and it hooks them onto that show or that genre of movie. That is what makes people still watch them, these shows and movies make people feel strongly about what is going on in the program. People love to feel engaged into whatever they’re watching. People also have the ability to access and watch what they want to

A Face Only a Mother Could Love: A look at the stereotypes of beauty and ugliness in horror movies

1080 words - 4 pages If you live on Elm Street near Camp Crystal Lake, then you better be on the look out for the scariest of the horror movie villains, "Freddy Krueger" and "Jason Vorhees". Both have been done wrong by others and are back from the dead to take vengeance on them and their children. In order to do this, a weapon is necessary. Maybe a machete or a glove of razor sharp finger tips will do the trick. However, I think that their decomposition and mid

The review of the shining

1547 words - 6 pages has confined him. The unexplainable nature of the escape he manifests calls into question nearly everything we've seen so far. Are the ghosts he sees, then, real, and he not mad? The Shining practically begs us to ask questions of it, and to demand answers back. And the film is prepared to provide us with a meaningful dialogue. The pace is certainly more leisurely than horror films are "supposed" to be. We're prejudiced into thinking that horror

Stereotypes in movies: Comparison Between "The Matrix" and "Napoleon Dynamite"

1906 words - 8 pages The media holds a strong influence of our modern society today. Movies, music, books, television can often reflect the daily events in our lives, although they can be fictional half the time but communicate a legitimate message at times. The media itself can portray different ethnic groups by using stereotypes created by the society. Movies in particular often use many different stereotypes in order to produce and grab the audience attention

Similar Essays

A Comparison Of Two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow And The Lost Boys

2563 words - 10 pages A Comparison of two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow and The Lost Boys Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton) and The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher) are fairly recent films, they both use specific camera shots to portray different characters, however, The Lost Boys, recorded in 1987 has fewer special effects than Sleepy Hollow, for at the time of the making of The Lost Boys, fewer facilities were available, compared to when Sleepy

Comparison Between The Two Movies¦ (Romeo & Juliet Movies) 1968 By Zefferelli And 1996 By Luhram

551 words - 2 pages The two movies of Romeo & Juliet made according to the play of Shakespeare are very, very different from one another. Although some similarities occur but both are very different. The old one, released in 1968 by Zefferelli is pretty long and follows the whole drama properly through out the movie. On the other hand the new one released in 1996 by Luhram is much quicker, lines are cut and more action is placed into it. I think this is the

Comparison Of The Shining And Maus I

1250 words - 5 pages The Shining is a 1977 horror novel by Stephen King that is based on events at the Overlook Hotel where the Torrance family is snowed in for the winter which leads to some unfortunate events. Maus I: a Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History is a 1986 graphic novel by Art Spiegelman about the story of his father during the Holocaust. Both of these novels are good stories that are filled with episodes and events that are demonstrated

The Exorcist Defines The Horror Genre

1940 words - 8 pages , fear, etc). In fact, emotion plays such an important role in defining this genre, it joins a list of only two genres that diverge their intended effect though the name—Horror and Romance. Heimerdinger says that “The goal of the genre is to get in touch with primal fears and bring people’s nightmares to life” (Heimerdinger). Steffen Hantke is the author of a Criticism on the Current State of American Horror Cinema. In his criticism he supports