Summary: 

Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.

 

Nerd Corner:

Diegetic sound

Non-diegetic sound

Trans-diegetic sound

 

Diegetic camera vs. subjective camera (pov, first-person)

 

Identification, distance, immediacy

 

Kate’s Notes:

The longevity of found footage style horror movies- why do people think it’s a fad? 

Sara the first one to say something is wrong and she’s shut down. 

Bibles in the basement. Name of an indie band. 

Look at the bright side- we get free props. Capitalism and opportunism. 

City people in the “country”

Types of transgressions

They don’t believe Paul and then they just move the fuck on? Like we don’t get to see him push back, or any fallout? 

Sara just staring at the Mary statue and then…prancing away?

When dude is in a field saying he can’t leave. Open field but feeling trapped. Fielding trapped. 

Alex’s speech on opening night was weird and awkward and unsettling. His wistfulness like he’s already dead. 

The scene after Sara is interviewed, where it’s just the table and voices. And you see the reflections on the table. 

 

Tropes:

Apocalyptic log

The Cassandra and The Cassandra Truth- Paul, Mitchell

Chekhov’s Gun- the clowns

Creepy basement

Dead all along

Demonic Possession. 

Developing Doomed Characters

Foreshadowing

For want of a nail

Gas leak cover up

Government conspiracy- the aforementioned gas leak. 

Haunted house

Hell hotel

I don’t like the sound of that place

Intrepid reporter

Jump scare

Leave the camera running

Meaningful background event

Nothing is scarier

Screw this I’m out of here

Tempting fate- the masks wasted on stationary mannequins




Works cited:

McAndrews, Mary Beth. (2019, December 18). Creating Fear Using the POV Shot. Film School Rejects. https://filmschoolrejects.com/horror-pov-shot/ 

 

Nesseth, Nina. (2020, October 27). Stings, Screams, and Twig Snaps: Exploring Diegetic and Non-Diegetic Sound in Horror. Nightmare on Film Street. https://nofspodcast.com/stings-screams-and-twig-snaps-exploring-diegetic-and-non-diegetic-sound-in-horror 

 

Staff of Master Class. (2021, June 3). Diegetic Sound and Non-Diegetic Sound: What’s the Difference? Master Class. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/diegetic-sound-and-non-diegetic-sound-whats-the-difference#what-is-transdiegetic-sound 


Turner, P. (2017). An investigation of priming, self-consciousness, and allegiance in the diegetic camera horror film (Publication No. 341769199) [Doctoral dissertation, Oxford Brookes University]. CORE.