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Shocking cinema is the term used to describe films that are usually classed as horror In this essay I will outline the meaning of shocking cinemahorror as well as talk about 3 main horror films that I studied in lessons and at home Shocking cinema films tend to be classed as films that horrify the spectator and cause moral panic within society Within the actual horror category there are different genres these include slasher gore and stylized Slasher films are mainly aimed at the younger audience with films like Halloween and the Screen trilogy Gore films are those that centre the attention on the special effects and blood of the killings eg- the video nasties that appeared in the mid 80s An example of stylized horror would be the Dario Argento 1977 classic suspiria Horror films tend to engage and shock the viewer using two main aspects visual suspense and sound Both aspects play of each other and without one the other one becomes almost ineffective A classic example of this is the now infamous shower scene from the 1960 film psycho The viewer can see the woman is the shower and the music starts getting sharper As the shadow of the killer approaches the music starts to get even sharper and louder and almost reaches a crescendo At this point the viewer feels they know what is going to happen but is still not quite sure there is a vulnerable woman naked in the shower and a dark shadow approaching as well as suspenseful music As the music reaches its peak the killer emerges and pulls back the curtain rails then proceeds to stab the young woman to death using a knife The audience is shocked on one hand but on the other quite pleased with themselves that they was scared for a valid reason This could be another reason why shocking cinema has such a strong place in the film industry because
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