I chose to use a forrest as my location because it is somewhere where it is very secluded and hidden and the branches of the trees and leaves could make interesting and creepy patterns and silhouettes. I think that a lot of people would be intimidated and scared of going into a forrest at night so it is the perfect location to play with the viewer’s fears.
From a very young age the forest has been planted in people’e heads as a dangerous place to go and visit, especially in the dark, as it is commonly described as ‘the deep, dark woods’. It has been portrayed as a scary place in children’s fairytales like Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and children’s film such as Harry Potter.
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The setting of a forest has continued to be used in many horror films such as The Cabin in the Woods, the Human Centapeed and The Evil Dead. Peter Hutchings, who is a professor of film studies at Northumbria University and who specialises in the horror genre, talked to TheGardian about the use of forests in film and said “In The Blair Witch Project, for example, the forest is used to excellent effect. It’s a landscape of increasing disorientation where modern gadgets such as mobile phones fail to work. It’s also a place that forces you to experience the full darkness of the night”. The film, The Blair Witch Project is about three film students who go deep in a forest to film a documentary on the blair witch legend; however only there footage remained.
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HICKMAN, L., 2010. The forest: from fairytales to horror films [29 October 2015]. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2010/oct/29/forest-fairytales-horror-films