West World

The West World title sequence conforms to the thriller genre conventions which is shown by the classical non diegetic music being played over the sequence. This consists of string instruments as well as the piano which is playing strong and intimidation chords to create a dramatic and eerie feeling.

However, the very still, slow and controlled camera shots challenge the thriller genre conventions which are usually action packed. Although, these slow shots make a very dramatic feel to the sequence.

In addition, the scene has low key lighting which is contrasted with white props such as a skeleton and the piano. The darkness makes the light colours stand out more vividly and as the colour white symbolises innocence and purity, by having the darkness surrounding it with the low key lighting, it shows how good and bad are contrasting but also linked with one another. This creates an unusual and creepy feeling to the audience .

Furthermore, the clip shows many close up shots of something the audience can assume is a persona being created. There are close up shots to allow the audience to see the delicate detail involved without revealing the whole product until later on in the long shot of a person riding a horse. This keeps the audience guessing at what is being made which is engaging and builds suspense which is a common convention of a thriller movie. There is also an extreme close up of an eyeball which is unnaturally close to be seen as creepy but gives the connotations of being watched or spied on. This can suggest to the audience what the movie goes on to be about.

Shutter Island

The Shutter Island title sequence conforms to the thriller genre conventions which is immediately established by the black fade in of a dark corridor which creates suspense, a common feature of a thriller movie. After this, there is a use of 360 degrees camera spin which is used to disorientate the audience and create the connotation of unsteadiness and perhaps twisted ideas and behaviours within the movie.

Moreover, the colour is very minimalistic and there is obvious use of low key lighting which contrasts the red text, implying danger and blood which is typical in a thriller. The darkness builds suspense and creates a mellow vibe. Next there is a shot entering big, black gates which appears to be outside of a prison which is suggested by the guards outside. Moreover, this is intimidating to the audience as it makes them experience the scene as if they were there themselves. This helps to keep the audience engaged in the movie and builds tension as to where the gated road leads to.

In addition, there is a close up shot of what looks to be a male foot dragging a gun along the floor. This particular shot is used to highlight the danger with the gun’s connotations of murder which is a common convention of a thriller movie. It also keeps the audience guessing as to who this person is and the reasoning behind them having a gun. Moreover, it appears as though the gun is being hidden underneath the shoe and so this creates a mystery and suggests to the audience a theme that the movie may contain or a problem that the characters may have to face and solve.

There is use of pathetic fallacy by the snow that is shown which creates a cold hearted and isolated vibe. This fades into a prison cell with the snow over layed, which sets an isolated and melancholy atmosphere. Furthermore, the only light on the screen is coming from the prison cell door which connotes hope and suggests to the audience that there is hope outside of the prison for the characters in the movie. This subtly creates an idea for what the plot may be. Over these scenes, there is a non diegetic soundtrack using deep sounding string instruments. The music repeatedly builds suspense before bringing it back down again. This is rather dramatic and creates suspense for the audience. The use of string instruments is very common in thriller movies as it sounds intimidating.

Candyman

The Candyman title sequence conforms to the thriller genre conventions which is first suggested by the use of muted colours and low key lighting. This suggests a lack of happiness and creates a depressed and perhaps eerie vibe. The sequence begins with a birds eye view of the road which pans across- following the road. This establishes where the movie is going to be based. The road also connotes accidents and crashes due to it being a busy motorway. In addition, the title, as well as the producer’s names take it in turns to slide on screen. These are in a large white font in capital letters which stands out against the dull background. The way that the names slide on screen also imitate the movement of the cars which fits particularly well.

There is a background soundtrack of non diegetic choir music with an organ playing and a choir singing notes along with it. This has connotations of church and worship which contrasts the cars on screen and creates an unsettling vibe. Moreover, the church connotations perhaps link to death and funerals which gives an insight as to what might happen in the movie and links to the car’s similar connotations.

After this, there is a sudden stop in music and a deep male voice begins to speak. The voice speaks in a slow and controlled manner which heightens the tension due to the creepy vibe. The words “With my hook for hand, I will split you from your groin to your gullet.” suggests to the audience that this is the main villain talking and gives an idea as to what sort of crimes he has committed. Death is common in thriller movies as it is the suspense and tension which is built beforehand which fits the conventions. Furthermore, whilst this character is talking there is a switch in visuals from the main road to a zoom in on bees. This links to the title of the film being ‘Candyman’ as bees make honey which is sweet like candy. Moreover, the bees are a common fear for many people and so this is not a pleasant sight for much of the audience. In addition, bees are known for stinging and so this pain links in with the diegetic voice which is talking about conflicting pain on people. Moreover, he uses the 2nd person pronouns “your” and “you” which addresses the audience and creates tension and fear which is common in a thriller movie and meets the thriller genre conventions.

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