In horrors no guns will be used, sometimes victims will get hurt by such weapons like; Knifes,hammers,Axes also things that will cause a slow painful death to the victim to cause a massive killing. sometimes victims get firearms, but just like telephones, fire alarms, doorbells, and car engines and the police never arrive in time as the scene of the killing can be in the middle of no where, these never actually seem to work in the killers presence. Kaminsky believes its because weapons which are '' personal extensions'' are more favorable to the horror movie killer.
His theory says that Horrors are more effective in stereotypically safe places, such as family homes, which is where Craven usually sets his films. His theory also states that there is usually an absence of authority, such as an absence of parents. which removes the feeling of security from the life of the main character. One of his most successful and well known films is 'Scream' (1996) and the many sequels that followed. Scream (1996) is a perfect example of Craven's theory of stereotypically safe places. In the opening title sequence we see the victim (Casey) in her home, which she deems a safe place, and she is about to watch a film with her boyfriend who is yet to arrive at the house. This 'safe' atmosphere created from being in your own home can be related to everyday life. So when a horror film portrays that there are no safe places to hide, it creates fear and tension from an audience's perspective.
Within horrors and thrillers there is a theory called the final girl theory. This specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, she is then able to tell the story. Commonly, a plot line in many horrors is a series of victims get killed off one by one, which leaves a build up for the last person standing from the group, who will be a female and either defeats the killer or she will get away. According to Clover this theory is in many typical horror plots and the final girl will either either have sexually disturbed past or they have had issues that surround their childhood. The final girl theory is used in modern movies as well.
Andrew Tudor has one theory about horror. He says that women are becoming more important to the horror genre, this may be because woman are seen as the victims in most horror films in recent years and is unlikely to see a man being targeted as a victim.
Wheeler Winston Dixon
Wheeler Winston Dixon believed that "Women and men in horror films are sites of activity". This means that you do not get to know the character, they generally die within the opening title sequences.
"the horror films obsession with blood, particularly the bleeding body of a woman ... suggests that castration anxiety is a central concern of the horror film." this suggests that horror films are targeting women, to scare men.