The Psychology of Suspense Notes Overall structure Introduction (200 – 250 words)

The Psychology of Suspense Notes
Overall structure
Introduction (200 – 250 words) – introduce the general topic of the essay (suspense vs violence).
Introduce the specific focus/essay question (looking at critical perspectives on suspense vs violence in Carpenter’s Halloween).
Introduce the main case study – (Bit of background on John Carpenter and the film Halloween). Outline of structure of the paper.
Main Body (2000 words)Section 1: (600 – 650 words/4 points) Present research to explain your theoretical focus. Suspense, psychology of suspense, suspense versus violence in horror. The gendered dynamic of this in horror films.
Section 2: (600 – 650 words/4 points) Case study – analyse Halloween with this lens suspense, violence and gender
Section 3: (600 – 650 words/4 points) Discussion – different critics’ opinions on the above topic. (Lots of citations, quotes, referencing)
Conclusion (200 – 250 words) To the psychology of suspense
Halloween (1978) Review – Rodger Ebert
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/halloween-1979
Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews

Halloween (1978) – Film Review


Richard Propes
The Independent Critic
https://theindependentcritic.com/halloween78

The Psychology of Suspense


https://reelrundown.com/movies/The-Suspenseful-Pacing-of-John-Carpenters-Halloween-1978
https://parade.com/606101/samuelmurrian/7-reasons-why-john-carpenters-halloween-is-one-of-the-most-beloved-horror-films-of-all-time/