Horror Film Genre Essay

982 Words Apr 30th, 2010 4 Pages
The two movies I viewed were Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, which were both directed by Tobe Hopper. Both films displayed the general rules horror films generally follow through the use of horror film genre conventions. For instance, both movies follow the good verses evil story lines and in each the end does ultimately win. However, this is not entirely true in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The friends represented the good and the chainsaw carrying monster and his family portrayed the evil. In the end on of the friends, Sally, ultimately does escape from being killed by the monster in the movie. However, her other four friends were taken down and gruesomely killed by the evil killer in the movie. So although in a bittersweet manner, …show more content…
However, we are not left with a definite answer to if everything is restored to what was before for we have no clear understanding of what really happened to the ghosts. Therefore, in both films equilibrium is disrupted and equilibrium is brought back however questionably so. Moreover, one convention apparent in Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist was the plot including a search for resolving the situation they are having trouble getting out of. In Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sally was the main one that got so deeply involved in the situation after her friends were all gone. She went through everything trying to escape such as running from the killer, being at the verge of escape before being tied up and captured, and being tortured by a cannibal family. She never gave up until she hopped in the back of a truck bloody and exhausted but finally at an end to the horrid situation. A similar situation can be found in Poltergeist. The victims, the family, are fighting a number of ghosts in order to rescue their daughter, Carol. As a family would be expected to they do not give up the fight to get their daughter and escape the horrible situation they are in. By hiring supernatural experts and then finally taking matters in their own hands as the mother risks her life to save her daughters’ by entering the ghosts realm, the family finds an end to the situation and finally escapes from the haunted house. In relation to “The Nightmare

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