Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The stepfather

The stepfather is a film released in 2009 after it was originally released in 1987. It carries traits that are synonymous with thrillers which is why we have studied it as inspiration for our own.

When David (the stepfather) finds out that Mrs Cutter, the elderly neighbour, knows of his murderous past, we as an audience know she will be in danger. The doorbell is rung, and when there is no one at the door, we automatically assume something is wrong, and it was most probably David who rung the doorbell. Mrs Cutter goes back into the house and the music becomes deep, and starts to build up, creating suspense as it connotes negativity. And as we don't know what will happen next. Suddenly a cat flies and lets out a loud wail. This gets a physical reaction from the audience as they were already on edge. The false plateau throws the audience off for when David is really revealed.

This  scene is one of the most suspenseful in the whole movie, when Michael and his girlfriend look in David's bedroom for proof that he is a murderer. The bomb theory is used twice in this sequence; when David enters the house after being told to go back, he does not know that they went looking in his room. And when he arrives, they do not know he has come back. This makes it a very tense sequence as the audience does not want David to find Michael in the bedroom. As he slowly begins to realise they are not around, the audience gets more

The final scene takes place in a basemen. This secluded and dark space is perfect for a thriller.When Micheal decides to enter the basement to look through the stepfathers things, we know that this still be a suspenseful scene. The pathetic fallacy of rain and thunder is a typical way of letting the audience predict negative events. The non diegitic string music builds up quickly in negative tones, as Micheal continues to look through the basement. When he looks t

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