Research OnThe Thriller Genre Sarah Boukaddour 12A
What is a genre?The word genre is originally French, which simply means ‘kind’ or ‘type’. Thereforefilm genres categorize different films based on their conventions. Howeverconventions seem to change over time, as new ones are invited and old ones arediscounted. Many films in the present days can be fit into many different genres orsubgenres, just because the conventions of that film can be followed by thedifferent genres/subgenresWhat is a thriller?A thriller is a type of genre that is designed to create suspense within the viewersusing suspenseful and sensational action. Thrillers are aimed to thrill theaudience – that is to startle, shock and scare , but thriller need not involvedisgust like the conventions of a typical horror movie. Sub genres of a thriller The thriller genre is incredibly large and has a very broad category, just like the comedy genre. However many sub genres of a thriller film tend to overlap. for example Law Abiding Citizen is a psychological thriller, however many can argue that its is also a crime thriller , so there are many overlapping subgenres in a numerous amount of films.
Suspense Red hearingsCliff-hangers (deliberately put in, to try and confuse the audience)Villain drivenplot CODES AND CONVENTIONS OF A THRILLER TwistsCasts:InvestigatorsDamsel of Scored soundtrack todistress Suspense influence audienceGood vs. evil •A genuine thriller is a film that relentlessly pursues a single-minded goal.
Types of ThrillersCRIME THRILLERS The conventions of a crime thriller often focus on the criminals and their leading up to a crime, then solving the mystery or tracking down the criminal. This particular sub-genre consist of fast paced scenes and fiction based plots and its more dramatic and realist than other sub genres of a thriller. Crime thrillers often emphasise on the action over psychological elements. The themes includes serial killers, murderers , robberies, chases, and heists etc.
Types of Thrillers MYSTERY THRILLERSThe mystery thriller relates a lot to crime thrillers. The typical plot of amystery thriller is crimes that must be prevented, these crime mainlyinclude: assassinations, terrorism, serial or mass murderer, or theoverthrow of the governments. It also typically focuses on aninvestigator or a detective trying to undercover the crime. This particularsub-genre allows the audience to also find out information and alsotrying to also undercover the mystery too. This causes more dramaticeffect and suspense which follows the conventions of the thriller genre.
Types of ThrillersPSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS This particular sub-genre heavily focuses on the mental levels of characters, and how danger is exposed to them mentally rather on a physical level. This sub-genre also incorporates elements of mystery, drama and often overlap with the horror genre. Characters of a psychological thrillers are no longer relied on the physical strength to battle their mentally unstable state their in. this sub- genre unusually consists of two or more characters preying up one another by playing devilish games or physically trying to destroy anothers mental state. The plot also usually plays with audiences minds, make them think something when rather it’s the other, which causes suspense within the audience.
Types of ThrillersSCIENCE FICTION THRILLERS This subgenre consists of the manipulation of sophisticated technology in a plot. For example, having walking robots in both IRobot and artificial intelligence, or dodging bullets in matrix which most of the plots of this subgenre is manipulating new technology, in to create suspense in the film. This also include elements of action and science fiction , thus creating a more realistic approach as typically the plots revolve around sophisticated technology. The themes of this sub genre often include futuristic technology and weapons.
Types of ThrillersSUPERNATURAL THRILLERS This subgenre consists of elements that are unworldly mixed with suspense, tension and twists. The typical plot of a supernatural thriller is that the protagonist and/or the villain has supernatural powers that lead them to the source of the problem in the plot. If the plot consist of a villain with an ability of supernatural powers, this is usually cause by demons / devils/ghost which is slightly linked to the religious thriller. The reason for this is they would like it to be slightly realistic by adding religious elements to it , thus creating more tension with in the audience.
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