Evaluation Argument: White Noise

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Evaluation Argument: White Noise White Noise was directed by Geoffrey Sax and written by Niall Johnson. Together they wrote this film in hopes of creating a horror film based on the phenomenon of EVP, which stands for Electronic Voice Phenomenon. EVP is the belief that in the white noise of a denatured radio or a television it’s possible to hear or see the voices or faces of the dead (White Noise). In this film an architect, by the name of Jonathan Rivers, loses his wife, Anna, to some sort of mysterious accident. Raymond Price, a man who claims to have been contacted by his wife introduces Jonathan to this idea of EVP. Jonathan resents this idea at first and later after hearing his wife’s voice on a radio finds it an addiction. All he wants is to hear Anna’s voice. When Raymond is suspiciously killed, Jonathan goes out to buy/prepare his own equipment needed for EVP; little does he know there is more to EVP then just good. Jonathan finds out that he “sees” the dead before it happens and in the process of trying to save a missing woman, Mary Freeman, he comes in contact with the bad and discovers the real story behind the loss of his wife, Anna. Of course for a film to be considered a horror movie, it must match certain criteria. Though there are many different criteria that can be considered, three that I chose to evaluate are: Some sort of scare or shock that would cause the viewer to react, it should not come right out and bluntly state the horror, but rather imply or suggest it, and correct atmosphere and sounds should be present throughout the film. White Noise does fairly well at portraying these criteria, but is it enough to be considered a “good” horror film. For example in the very beginning of the movie Jonathan fell asleep at the counter waiting for his wife, Anna, to return home. He woke up abruptly and noticed the clock had stopped. When he reached
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