All over the world, horror movies depict the fear of death, to make the audience feel on the edge of their seat. The creepy things that move around in the movie which makes the audience feel something crawling up their legs and neck. The loud and horrendous music in the background which creates suspense. In the postmodern era, each and every movie it’s own way of capturing the audience’s attention and making them feel frightened but at the same time, interested in the movie.
Typically while watching horror movies, you notice how the plot is set for the audience to feel fear and anxiety. Horror movies in America and Australia have factors which make them similar, as well as sharing different qualities in their productions which portrays the differences in their society.
The Postmodern era had begun around the 20th century and has evolved due to the changes and ideas that people have brought. One of the most affected ideas is the production of movies.
Horror movie productions have increased, “because people want to be frightened they want those effects and provide a just resolution in the end”. When watching a horror movie people pay close attention, while they are filled with fear, which is what keeps the movie very interesting. Of course in every country, there are different ways that horror movies portray the creepy and tingling feelings towards their audience.
One thriller and mysterious movie that was shot and directed by Tod Williams is Paranormal . It was released on October 22, 2010.
As Kristi and Daniel Reys, along with their teenage daughter, Ali, and newborn son, Hunter, move into their new home in Southern California, they begin to realize that the house has been preoccupied. After coming home one day, they found the house looked very messy and chaotic but there were no signs of forced entry through the door or windows. Due to the reason, they installed a video camera surveillance system in order to find out what has happened. Things do not turn out the way that they would expect it.
Many characteristics of postmodernism is seen throughout Paranormal .Firstly, because it is a horror movie, it transitions between a person’s emotions and feelings throughout the movie. Although horror movies are known for being frightening, they may also include smooth and calming scenes for the audience. Emotions is one major characteristics and it tends to change throughout the movie, As stated above, some people may scream, or even laugh during a horror movie to let out their inside feelings. The way that the actors in the movie have been dressed up to look frightening and give chills to the audience also shows postmodernism. Not only did they use supernatural characters, but they also made children look creepy and terrifying.
The horrendous ideology behind any modern movie portrays and relates to the Postmodern era. In this movie, the rising of supernatural suspension causes different emotions throughout the movie. On the other side of the world, Japanese horror films are also known for their horrifying movie scenes. One known film that revolves around the topic is the supernatural mystery and thriller movie, Ring , directed by Hideo Nakata.
The film revolves around a young girl, along with her three friends, who were found dead for watching a cursed videotape. Reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) sets out to investigate this homicide. As she finds the tape and watches it with the help of her ex husband, Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), she receives a call which stated that she will die in a week. As the end of the week got closer, Reiko and Ryuji find where the video was shot and help solve the investigation to a forgotten murder that could break a spell.
The supernatural instincts that are brought into this movie make it fiction as well as postmodern. Moreover, throughout the film, the characters, plot, settings, and screenplay all show fall under the theme of modernity. For example, the girl in the film, has captured a “vengeful yūreiarche”, which is a Japanese ghost. According to Colette Balmain, “Japanese mythology vengeful ghosts are called yūrei”. They are usually dressed in white kimonos and long black hair which symbolize burials, as shown in fig.3, which is exactly how the “ghost” is portrayed in the film.
Of course, every country has its own and unique way of directing and setting a movie. The characters, plots, and settings are the main aspects of a postmodern film. Most people believe that, “Japanese horror films tend more towards the suspense side, with a building sense of creepiness and a bizarre yet understated concept”. (Quora.com) Although American and Japanese movies have differences in their movies, one factor they share in common is how most of the time, their movies are based off of books. Take for example, the movie It directed by Andrés Muschietti (According to IMDB). It was based off of Stephen King’s novel published in 1986. The cinematic experience of any horror movies usually make you jump out of your seat and create suspense.
Despite the fact that Japan and the United States are “two different worlds” and are located each on the other side of the world, their horror movies share common similarities and differences. For example, in the thriller and mysterious movie, Paranormal Activity 2, it revolves around using emotions and explicit scenes for children, but ironically use children, to terrify the audience. These factors have been evolved due to postmodernism. Similarly in Japan, one of the most famous supernatural mystery and thriller film is, Ring. It focuses on the characteristic of supernatural, which reflects the ideals of postmodernism and society. No matter how distant these two countries are, they still share the same factors which have affected the postmodernism era and continues to evolve it over time.