The horror genre is heavily influenced by the German expressionism movement from the 1920s. Some of the early German expressionist films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) and Nosferatu (1922) are classed as horror film and even ranked as the top 2 horror films on Rotten Tomatoes. For out research on our genre project, our genre being horror, we looked at several classic horror movies. Two of these being The Ring (2002) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Even though The Cabin in the Woods isn’t exactly a classic, it is an excellent example of all things horror and can almost be considered as a parody of the genre. It almost pokes fun at horror movies, it focuses around a group of teenagers, has a creepy, isolated setting, but doesn’t really take itself seriously and this is emphasised by the men in the “control room”.
For our short horror film we’ve decided to lean towards the parody side of the horror genre. By doing this it we will be able to take all of the classic horror set ups and put them into one short film and not have to worry about not having it look ‘cheesy’.
Below are the story boards for the set ups I worked on:
- The antagonist emerging from a shadowy hallway
- The protagonist approaching the camera curiously
- The antagonist looking back over her shoulder while running away through a forest
- The antagonist framed in a CU while going about ‘daily tasks’ that involve opening doors, then having the antagonist appear behind a door
- Leading the frightened protagonist slowly down a hallway with the antagonist darting around behind her
- The protagonist hiding in a dark cupboard/wardrobe with only a slit of light showing her face
We also have a location for our film thanks to my lovely second family. The house I live in is an old, dark house with long hallways so it’s a perfect location. Photos are below.