Film Genre Essay

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Student Number: 094882744 Textual Analysis of a scene from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street ‘(1984) ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984) or “Elm Street series” as most people know it, is created and written by Wes Craven and released in 1984 and it is one of the greatest examples of horror movies in 20th century. The plot of that movie revolves around Nancy Thompson and her friends trapped and threaten in their nightmares by the serial child murderer named Freddy Krueger. Set in the fictional Sringwood town in Ohio, Craven’s horror tells us just one thing- Nancy: “Whatever you do don’t fall asleep”. In that essay I will pay attention mostly on how the cinematic techniques such as (lighting, camera movement, diegetic and non-diegetic sounds, costumes and etc.) helped the director to represent the horror in particular and basically to explain why we can list ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ as a movie related with the horror genre. I will have a look on just a 3 minutes clip of the movie. Moreover I will explore and bring on the surface of this essay some of the main themes that are involved within that horror and horror as a genre itself. However let’s have a look at the part of the movie basically in the beginning when Tina’s going out of the house, trying to confront Freddy Kruger’s monster. Tina is the first victim in the movie and the dying scene is one of the most terrifying in the whole movie. First of all let’s discuss the camerawork in that particular scene. Rather than the other movies in horror genre here we have instead of naturalistic camera work, expressive one. If we have to elaborate that we can say that in horror movies the most important thing is to express either actions or characters face impressions. Camera work is a lot different in that type of movies. The director use a lot of weird camera angles and hand-held camera work, and also canted cameras
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