{Final Destination} by James Wong

large-screenshot1.jpgAlex Browning boards Flight 180 for his senior trip to France. But before the plane can even take off, he gets a creepy premonitions of the plane exploding. Gripped by the intensity of his vision, he determines he must get off the flight. His intuition saves him. He and five others watch from the terminal as their plane erupts into a ball of fire. It seems they’ve cheated death—but “death” isn’t finished with them yet. Can Alex keep saving his himself and his friends by trusting his instincts? Hardly. If he could, this movie would never have been made.

Sound & Audio: Along the movie, non-diegetic sounds are present to add tone and danger. It keep us on the edge of our seats. Also the eerie ominous music adds suspense. It is added to the movie during editing to enhance the pain/struggle or other emotions of the character. This is very important as it is another way of expressing the characters emotions without speaking. It also adds to the scene.

Camera Movement: Filming shots up close to see the scared and shocked faces  denotes how the character may be feeling, for example when the knife nearly hits Alex, his face is sweaty and eyes wide opened which means he is scared. Zooming in to specific items used, for example, the dagger on the stain glass window, this denotes as something horrific is about to happen. Close up on scary and intimidating features. Like toms bulging red eyes denotes to pain and emphasizes his struggle.

Final Destination vainly seeks to entertain with pointless dialogue and horrific violence. The film deserves a subtitle, 101 Ways to Die. With large quotients of creativity devoted to finding new ways for people to meet their maker, death is ultimately trivialized. It’s almost a game. And every time a character seems to bring interest to the story, the plot shifts gears to include more profanity and gory details.

The semantics of horror films are included:

(i) An isolated location

The nostrum from the film “Alien”.

(ii) Low key lighting

Low key lighting from the cult horror hit “Hockey guy 4, the final puck”.

(iii) Bad weather conditions

Spooky snow fall from “The Shining” the pre-sequel to the film “Beneath the planet of the apes”.

(iv) Blood, gore, and other gross out visuals that reflect our own bodies

A gruesome and bloody horror scene from the feminist film “Just one of those days”.

(v) A cast of dim witted characters with only a few characters as the voices of reason

(vi) high pitched unsettling noises:

Just imagine that this sound clip is playing something spooky.

(vii) A paranoia inducing soundtrack

The chilling “dun dun” from the film “The Thing” still haunts my nightmares.

(viii) Close up shots to limit visibility

It’s so focused on her face that i don’t know whats behind her. Ahhhhhh, the suspense

The syntactic of horror films are : Horror films of the past usually focused on a group of characters going to a isolated or forbidden area of the earth and encountering a external threat, usual a monster or a spirit. The film then ends with most if not all of the characters dead after a final attempt to kill the monster/spirit. An exploration of human helplessness against something they don’t fully understand. However many horror films as of late are turning toward the mind for horror ideas, having a single protagonist face in issue in his/her mind that only they can deal with. And as such the horror comes from within instead of from outside a person. Even with this setup the film still manages to focus on an exploration of human helplessness against something they don’t fully understand (which in this case is themselves).


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