Director: Tobe Hooper
Year of Release: 1974
Budget: 83,000 - Low Budget
Box Office Takings:
US – 31,000,000
The film begins in a documentary style, the concept of real events, also emphasized by shaky camera filming. This creates verisimilitude.
Anchorage of the event is created by showing the date. We intend on using this, not only to set the film but to emphasize the idea that time has passed.
We then see a black screen, where sound effects are created. This creates an audio bridge between opening credits and the film. The diegetic sound, appears to sound like someone is digging up bones with heavy breathing, this unnerves the audience.
For the first 2:21 seconds all the audience has seen is a black screen. This relates to the idea that classic horror doesn't show violence.
The audience are then proceeded to be shown a series of flashes of images, creating a flash of a camera lighting a bloody scene. It suggests a investigation is undergo and we see pieces of a human body signifying there has been a murder. This ultimately creates the concept of narrative enigma which unsettles the audience.
We then hear a radio voice over, reporting the situation the audience believe their being shown, this is known as exposition.
In the opening scene, which lasts around 3:21 seconds, we haven't been shown any of the main characters, this isn't a reccomended idea for our coursework however the use of flash photography showing the aftermath of a situation is what we intend on incorporating into our media. After we see the babysitter approach the bedroom door we intend on showing a series of photos of her body signifying she has been killed before we show time has passed.
Story Line: En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills...