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Its the exploitation of tension thats what horror is all about Youve got to create a situation thats unbearably tense and the audience knows that somethings going to happen That the guy in the black is suddenly going to leap into the frame Its a very unifying thing in a cinema These are the words of Wes Craven director of the 1984 movie A Nightmare on Elm Street Maybe it was my mothers negative perception of horror films that deterred me from watching them Therefore watching horror films has never been of interest to me Over the course of the past week I had the opportunity to view two horror movies from different eras and compare their exploitation of tension First was Gothika released in 2003 the second was Rosemarys Baby released in 1968 Tension was built effectively through music special effects and storyline as each film unfolded True horror fans would enjoy either film personally I feel Gothika is a must see Film styles have definitely changed Rosemarys Baby directed by Roman Polanski relied on building a relationship between the audience and the characters Mia Farrow played Rosemary wife of Guy Woodhouse They moved into an apartment in NYC formerly occupied by a recently deceased elderly woman The building had a dark history unexplainable things happened there There was an old Leave it to beaver family quality to the beginning of this film The movie moved very slow giving the audience lots of time to get to know the main characters and their involvement with one another I think to make the audience comfortable with them to like them before learning of the misfortune that was about to be bestowed upon Rosemary Rosemary was a house wife taking care of things around the house during the day while Guy was at work She daydreamed of having his child Soon after moving in they meet their neighbors an elderly couple who were devil worshipers and
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