The Use Of Semiotics Within Films On The Horror Genre Essay

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We live in a world of signs, and of signs about signs (Hawkes 2003). Signs and symbols are used everywhere. They are read on people, paintings, books, television and even films. The main focus of this essay will be on films, focusing on the horror genre specifically. The use of semiotics within films is something that has been happening from the birth of films, even if we didn’t know about them, they were still there. Horror films in specific take advantage of signs and symbols, which mean different things to different people. Writers and directors have a vision for their signs and symbols that they use, but as a receiver, we make different meanings from different signs and symbols, depending on our cultural backgrounds and our consciousness. It is very important to consider semiotics in film as they are the key element in permitting the viewer to understand more about the narrative and the characters. The place and space is also very important to consider in horror films as they allow for greater impact on the audience, as well as building fear inside them.
Semiotics, or semiology, is the study of signs, symbols, and signification. It is the study of how meaning is created, not what it is (The University of Vermont). Semiotics is also the science of the signs (Biemann 2016). One system of signs we know is the language. Films are also capable of using a kind of language made up by sounds and pictures containing semiotics. The great thing about film language is that it is…

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