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  • 1. The film begins with a clear close up shot of a lamp with the directors name on, this is a very clever way of placing the credits within the scene, it makes the opening sequence flow well.We are then faced with a zoom shot of a very scary looking old woman, this sets the genre straight away as we know this villain will be later seen within the film. It also keeps the audience on edge as they are not eased in to the film they are bombarded with horror within the first minute.The music then suddenly reaches its climax with the title of the film flashing up and filling the whole screen. The title is written in old English lettering and is red, this displays the connotation of blood or danger. The old English lettering makes the title look very edgy and sharp, which could possibly symbolise some dangerous moments within the film again. The sharp edges of the lettering also look fairly similar to devil horns which could possibly hint at an evil force within the film.Insidious is a supernatural horror by James Wan. It features a very unusual plot as it is all based around the idea of a young boy who can Astral-project. I have decided to textually analyse the opening sequence as I wish to also make a supernatural horror, closely based on this sequence.

2. A clear establishing shot then appears, displaying a very scary looking house. This sets the scene and makes it clear where the main plot will obviously take place. The camera has a black and white effect on throughout the opening sequence which could show the connotation of a possible darker force that will later be within the film.The opening then goes on to display a sequence of long shots displaying different parts of the house, the house looks very nice but at the same time has a bad vibe off it, making it clear this is where the haunting will take place.In this particular shot, a long shot of a room is used except this one features a dark shadow in the corner. The subtleness of this shadow almost makes it more tense as only someone who was really looking would notice, this could represent a possible darker force that is lurking in the shadows of the house, watching the people within. 3. Finally, the opening sequence ends with a close up of a young womens face. The effect on the camera begins to brighten from the black and white to a normal effect. The change in effect could show that we are now in the real world and that the images before were possibly from the house but the haunted version of the house. The close up of the womens face clearly communicates she will be the main protagonist within the film. 4. The sequence begins with dissonant sound being played; this is very creepy and creates a lot of fear. The screeching noises used when the scary old woman appears adds to the initial horror the audience feel when seeing her and makes this shot all the more terrifying. Finally the pause just before the title sequences come up creates a bigger impact when the music then comes in again as it is now very loud and very clear, this makes the audience on edge and could potentially cause the audience to even jump.The editing used within in each shot is very tense as it uses a zoom out and fade to black between each image. This makes the audience almost build up anticipation as the slowness makes it all more the creepy as we feel as if we are waiting on something to happen.The narrative seems to start with a state of equilibrium and then displays subtle hints of this being destroyed, this follows Todorovs theory as he states that most movies begin with this state, the state is then disrupted and the ending concludes with a resolution of the obstacle that disrupted the state of equilibrium. However, as a person who has watched the film I know this isnt the case. The ending is a cliff hanger of the equilibrium again being disrupted; the director purposely does this so he can then make a sequel. 5. The characters within the opening sequence also seem to follow Propps character types, as we already know the film will feature a villain, therefore there will be a victim/hero. I also know that the film features a false hero, however this is not revealed to the end so an audience member who was only viewing the opening sequence would be unaware. The film also features a magical helper in a sense as the father is helped by a medium to find his son in the The Further. 6. The film also features an obvious binary opposition, this being good vs. evil. We see this clearly in the opening sequence when we see the haunted house and shadows lurking in comparison to the innocent family living there. This is clearly shown through the iconography on screen and the through the use of camera effects (dark colour vs. light). 7. From what I have gathered from the opening sequence it is clear our female protagonist will be an anti-stereotype as she obviously helps correct the disrupted state of equilibrium. Whereas stereotypically women are often seen as weak and are usually portrayed as a damsel in distress. The villains within this film are also anti-stereotypical as they all have a very unusual look. The stereotypical demon would be a ghost of some kind whereas this film varies from a lipstick faced demon with hoofs right down to an old midget who laughs like a child. All characters within are very unusual but this adds the fear factor that the film possess. 8. Finally, the audience for this film is a mass audience as it was a very popular film and can appeal to a range of ages, it all depends on the audiences taste in genre. The target audience I gather would be 15+ as the age limit on the film was a 15. I would also say that this horror isnt a typical horror as this particular film is based around the idea of astral-projection. This isnt a typical plot of a supernatural horror as more than often the plot is that the house is haunted, whereas in this film it turns out the son is haunted as the entities wish to have his body and try gain entrance when his soul wanders in his dreams. The socio-economic group for this film I believe would be A right down to C2, I believe this as the film is quite complicated and would take a lot of thought to try work out some elements of what is really happening. Therefore I think people who were quite high in class would enjoy as they should in theory be very clever and would essentially be able to understand and piece together the story. The psychographics for this film I believe would be explorers and reformers. I believe this because the film is quite unusual so I think the audience would have to have quite an open mind to enjoy it. Explorers would be an ideal audience as one of their key values is to be individual, and this film is very individual. They are also typically young (students) and this is the ideal target audience as the age restriction is a 15. Also reformers would be an ideal audience as they are socially aware and possess independent judgement, therefore they would be open to believe in the weird plots within the film. They also have a higher education so they will be able to understand the idea of astralprojection which is a difficult idea to grasp if you have not been previously acquainted with the idea before watching the film. 9. Sinister begins with a very disturbing opening. It features a family hanging from a tree with no villain to appearing to be present. This shot straight away establishes the twisted nature of the film and throws the audience in the deep end from the very start.The opening sequence ends with the title of the film Sinister being almost smeared across the screen. This could show the connotation of blood being smeared and most definitely hints at the idea of death to be highly apparent within the film.Sinister is also a very supernatural and demonic film. It is one of the more disturbing horrors to be made and again has a very unusual plot as it is based upon a demonic legend. 10. The music accompanying this sequence is again very dissonant, it sounds like an old fashioned tape rolling, which links to the film as the main plot device is that the protagonist within the film finds a box of disturbing tapes.There is no apparent editing within this sequence as it is just a continuous long shot of the family being hung. This creates a huge amount of tension and it keeps the audience focus on the family the whole time, the use of no editing is very effective as the long length of the disturbing clip is almost sickening. Its somewhat too disturbing to watch but at the same time almost mesmerising to the point you cant look away. 11. The narrative structure isnt clear as the opening sequence only displays one shot but it is clear that it does not follow Todorovs narrative structure as the first scene we see is most definitely not a state of equilibrium. Although, as a person who has viewed the film I know that the film then goes on to show a family who are fairly happy moving in to a new house so in a sense it does follow Todorovs theory as the state of equilibrium is apparent in later scenes and is then disrupted later on. The opening scene is one in which we see later on, so by using it as the opening it almost gives the audience a taster of what there in for.The film follows Propps character theory as it features a villain, hero/victim and a helper. The villain being the demon, the hero/victim being the dad and the helper being the police officer who helps the father solve the mystery of the tapes throughout. 12. The film also features a binary opposition, this again being good vs. evil. The good being the human and the evil being the child snatching demon. This is a key feature for any horror movie as in order for the film to qualify as a horror it has to include a victim and a villain who disrupts the victims life in some negative way.There are no stereotypes featured in this opening as again it only displays one shot. However, I know that the representation further