Name of film: The Possession Year Released: 2012 Genre of trailer: Horror/Thriller My mark after Viewing: 8/10
What happened in the trailer? The children’s dad, separated from their mum, comes to pick them up for the weekend when it cuts to the 3 of them at a yard sale. The younger sibling becomes intrigued by an antique jewellery box and to which her dad lets her buy. The box is then returned home where her dad believes it was not meant to be opened. The young girl manages to get the box open upstairs in her room which reveals some interesting objects such as a mummified moth. Like many horror trailers, the tag line ‘based on a true story’ has been used to make it more scary and realistic. Her sister notices her behaving oddly as well as her dad. We see the girl sleeping with the box, keeping it in her ‘possession’. The girl shows early signs of possession in the film when she stabs her dads hand with the fork and when the box opens by itself. Her growingly concerned dad takes the box to and expert who determines that there is a demon involved. The younger child continues to behave like an animal but does not realise what is happening to her. She is taken to the hospital but doctors cannot determine what is wrong with her until the x-ray reveals something living inside her. This part of the trailer sets the narrative but then alternates to lots of highlights of the film for a fast jumpy, end which keeps the audience entertained. The last shot is of the demons fingers reaching out of her throat. This was left until last as it is a memorable scene. Which positive, clever or interesting aspects do you think you could include in your own trailer? What generic features are fulfilled well? I like the paranormal activities that go on throughout the trailer as they are not too over the top but enough to freak out the audience. The trailer portrays the possessed child well. I like the whole story of the trailer and how well the narrative comes across. The story line is something I am hoping to recreate with the same elements of paranormal activity happening. The constant use of parallel music is something I hope to use as well. I think it works best with paranormal horrors. Which aspects of the trailer did you think were unsuccessful and would put off its target audience? How is it disappointing? I don’t think this trailer uses enough close ups to make the audience feel uncomfortable. The whole trailer is basically medium and long shots; there is not enough of a mixture between any other shots. It also doesn’t make use of any point of view shots which help to make the trailer become more personal and memorable by trying to get you involved.