Horror Genre Research/Analysis: The Sixth Sense

I decided to look at The Sixth Sense as one of my research elements to help inspire me on the way that a trailer can be clearly portrayed. I also picked this film because the main character is a young boy, which is the same as our production which also uses the younger generation as the main actors.

The Sixth Sense was released in 1999 starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. The plot of the film consists of a boy, played by Haley Joel Osment, who can see and speak to spirits that do not know they are dead and seeks the help of a child psychologist played by Bruce Willis.

This film trailer relates to our production Lower Than Bones, because of the genre and also because of the fact that the main focus character is a young boy, just like our production focuses on our main characters which are young girls (focusing in the younger generation). The trailer of this film is fast paced, and strike fear of the unknown in a clear and direct link to supernatural elements. The trailer has many editing techniques such as fading outs and fading ins to add to the mysterious element to the trailer and also to intrigue the audience to watch the film. The music in this trailer is a very important feature, the consistent non-diegetic music in the background either tension music/dramatic of a fast tempo or the simple but effective use of heartbeat pulse. Also the silence at the beginning of the trailer adds suspense and is very dramatic. The music therefore adds to the “fear” and the tension and builds up dramatically.

The screenshot above shows the boy and a supernatural “spirit” or ghost, this enforces the horror/thriller style of the film by actually introducing the audience to the main subject area of the film. The plot is clear throughout the trailer, and has become an iconic film in this genre, the line “I see dead people” is now a very common and well-known phrase. This is why this film was an inspiration to look at to seek help in what makes a film trailer scary but also to reveal a clear plot line without giving too much away.

Lindi.

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~ by lowerthanbones on October 15, 2010.

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