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Suspense Techniques In Slasher Films Essay

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In slasher films, suspense is a big factor to what makes the movie intriguing and keeps the audience watching. Suspense causes people to be on the edge of their seat with anxiety and tension with being unsure of what will happen next. It’s the feeling of not knowing what’s in a room in a haunted house when you hear strange sounds coming from it. I feel the best-known film director for his suspenseful movies is Alfred Hitchcock. To create these movies there are many techniques used to create the suspenseful feeling in the movie. In the slasher movie Halloween I reviewed, many techniques were used that made the movie suspenseful to watch, such as the use of music, back lighting, hand held camera movement and point of view shots.

The movie Halloween is about a boy named Michael Myers, who murders his older sister when he is six years of age on Halloween night. He then escapes from the mental hospital many years later, and goes back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to follow a girl named Laurie Strode. On his journey of trying to find her to murder her he kills many people along the way. The movie portrays a suspenseful gory aspect that keeps viewers watching till the end, wanting to know what will happen. The creators of Halloween made many other sequels connecting to the first movie.

Handheld camera movement is one of the techniques used in the movie Halloween. Handheld camera movement is originally used in documentaries. Documentaries feel real and make you feel connected and that you are a part of what’s going on in the film. When used in horror movies it can make you feel connected to what’s going on in the movie. When the directors use the handheld it can make the movie good or not so good. When the filming gets too shaken up it is harder to watch the screen and can make viewers feel dizzy and/or sick. When there is the right amount of movement, it can make the movie feel like you are in it. In an article about film techniques for suspense the author Bryan Lamb writes that the movie director Bryan Bertino uses the technique because it gives it a sense of reality. [2] It also conducts the feeling that something real is going to happen. [2] The technique is also used in action scenes to follow a character around.

In the movie Halloween there is a few times where the director used the handheld camera movement scenes. It is mainly used in scenes where someone is running away or when he is following a character. An example of this is in the opening scene of the movie. It on Halloween night when Michael is 6 years old and he’s walking in to his house and walks up the stairs to his sister’s bedroom and murders her. In this scene the camera is very shaky and it feels like you are there in the movie scene. Another example in the movie is when Laurie is trying to run away from Michael as he begins to follow her across the street. The

shakiness identifies the action of her running away fast and makes it seem like the viewer is...

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