The genre of this film is a horror/thriller and the conventions of this genre is:
- Setting - isolate places, small communities, dark streets and alleyways.
- Iconography - dark colours like red or black - this links to blood/evil.
- Narrative - there is a classic narrative structure
- Characters - the hero (protagonist), a man or 'final girl' for the film, police officers (good or bad), the villain (monster, freak, alien or serial killer.
- Themes - religion, childhood, beyond death, supernatural, nightmares.