In the first of the Saw films, Adam, one of the men locked in the room, is a
photographer who had been spying on the other man trapped with him. There
are scenes of Adam taking photos and developing them in his dark room.
These are mirrored by crime scene photos that flash up on the screen. All of
the Saw films make extensive use of the sound of a camera in direct and
incidental ways as a kind of sound effect - this sounds of the opening menu
of the first DVD make these sounds as well as you select through the options
as I recall.
In Seven, John Doe disguises himself as a photograph and takes pictures of
the detectives hunting him. In the opening credits you see hands
manipulating camera film. Later, the detectives discover that John Doe has
taken a polaroid of his "sloth" victim every day for a year, charting his
In Dahmer, we see Dahmer taking photos before killing his victims.
I believe that the opening of the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
relies heavily on crime scene stills.
2009/1/16 Dorothee Birke <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear list members,
> This is a question for horror film buffs: we are
> currently trying to compile a corpus of horror films in which
> photography is used in order to show things that are invisible to the
> naked eye. Examples would be The Omen, in which smudges on photographs
> foreshadow the deaths of the people in the picture, or Shutter, in
> which photos reveal the presence of a ghost.
> Can anybody think of horror films featuring photographs or photographers?
> We would greatly appreciate your help!
> With many thanks in advance and best wishes
> Dorothee and Michael
> PS: Other films that already came to mind were Ring, The Shining and The
> Dorothee Birke and Michael Butter
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