Hair-raising horror movie techniques that make our hearts pound

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Obtaining horror movie collectibles galore will fill your display shelves, but the true representation of your fandom rests with your knowledge of the genre’s films. After all, with such an abundance of gruesome techniques that can be found sprinkled throughout, both dark and demonic, only a well-versed horror enthusiast will engage with the physical and psychological connections that give this industry such an unnerving scare-ability. So, behold three of our favorite horror movie techniques used time and time again to get your hearts pumping. 

Jump-scares

Regardless of whether you feel jump-scares are a technique that’s overused or underrated, the reality is that this pioneer tactic is a well-used element within the horror film industry. While most movie-goers enjoy a cinematic experience, with a large screen and loud surround-sound, you can create the same atmosphere at home in a dark room, making each situation equally as eerie. The best part is that even though it’s easy to know when to expect in these dramatic scenes, based on the chilling acoustics and the anticipation leading up to the sequence, the sudden appearance of a murderous villain or mangled body will still have you jump right out from your seat. So, not only does this technique get your blood pumping, but it works as a cheap scare that often leads to nothing, but makes your stimulus very aware of your surroundings. Thus, this type of technique is used a lot in slasher films, such as both the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. 

Underexposure 

Camera angles make all the difference, as they allow us to see only the elements that the director wants us to see. Essentially, the camera reduces or strengthens the brightness of the screen, which makes it easy for filmmakers to play around with elements that make our horror-loving heart’s pump, such as accentuated shadows, the capture of mysterious encounters on screen, or an overwhelmed audience dreading the potential to have something appear. This type of framing is used a lot in paranormal films, such as The Conjuring Universe franchise. 

Mirrors and reflections

The cinema world has long since used mirrors and reflections to illuminate and visualize depth in a scene or character, so why would horror movies be any different? In fact, the horror genre has grabbed hold of this technique and used it in its raw form as a means of building suspense and as a tactic to draw the audience’s attention away from other elements in a tension-building scene. Mirrors have also been illustrations of wrongness, superstition (when cracked) and a bridge in the gap of normalcy (one character sees a face, another doesn’t). So, it’s easy to see why so many horror movie collectibles are crafted to depict classic scenes involving this visual technique, like the latest installment, IT: Chapter Two, where Pennywise is stalking the young boy in the funhouse of mirrors. Nevertheless, while reflective surfaces will only continue to be a horror technique, embellished as a prop for spooktacular scenery, they also have the power to illustrate a connection between reality and the degeneration of sanity in your favorite, time-honored characters. 

What is your horror movie that depicts one of the above classic techniques? Drop a comment below to compare with other readers. 

 

 

IT: Chapter 2, what we know so far

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IT: Chapter 2

It didn’t take too long for Pennywise the dancing clown to come back and give us a good scare, in fact, It: Chapter 2 started filming last week. Since the first chapter was a major box-office success, especially for its comedic element, the second chapter is expected to be a much scarier adaptation.

When is the release date of  IT: Chapter 2?

Yes, Bill Skarsgard is returning as the terrorizing clown Pennywise. The film is expected to hit the big screen on Sept. 6, 2019 with the title, IT: Chapter 2.

New cast and plot

The sequel will take place 27 years after the events of the original film, meaning it will take place in present day with the kids from the Loser’s Club all grown up. The band of misfits keep their promise of returning to the town of Derry, just in case the blood thirsting clown, Pennywise wakes up from his slumber.

The original cast, aside from Skarsgard (Pennywise) and Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), will not be returning. Instead the Loser’s club will be comprised of Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Jay Ryan (Ben), Bill Hader (Richie), Andy Bean (Stanley), James Ransone (Stanley) and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike).

Production is now underway in Toronto. The film will be comprised of some flashbacks, particularly the black spot and the night Mike’s parents were killed in the fire. It will feature some of Stephen King’s crazy, cosmological stuff such as the Macroverse and [Maturin] the turtle.

The magic turtle Maturin to make an appearance

For those of you who don’t know, Maturin is an ancient entity, also a turtle, who happens to be the arch enemy of Pennywise. In the original 1990 TV series, Maturin is left out completely, but if you watch the 2017 film closely, there are references to him hidden (ex. Easter eggs). These hidden references were placed strategically for all the hardcore fans of the book.

What are you most excited to see portrayed in the upcoming IT: Chapter 2 film? Let us know in the comments section below.