<ul><li>Thriller uses tension suspense and excitement as its main elements, in order to keep the audience screaming. </li></ul><ul><li>The atmosphere of a thriller film are mostly menace, crime, paranormal or supernatural and violence, this is to show that the area is very dangerous or haunted. </li></ul><ul><li>Although thriller films gives tension to the audience, it also gives a relief after an arrest of the villains or a finished battle with the apparition. </li></ul><ul><li>Moods are also promoted in thriller films such as, adrenaline rush, uncertainty, anxiety and sometimes even terror, to give more excitement for the audiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Tones in thriller films are usually gritty, slick and lurid. </li></ul><ul><li>Paranoid and Political thriller became more famous after the assassination of President Kennedy. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Conspiracy thriller is a sub-genre of thriller in which only the main character knows about the true extent, e.g. Snakes Eyes . </li></ul><ul><li>Another sub-genre is disaster thriller , in which the main conflict is based around natural crisis, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and more, e.g. The Day After Tomorrow . </li></ul><ul><li>This sub-genre focuses on the thriller elements, this is the Rape and Revenge thriller films, e.g. The Last House on the Left. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological Thriller is more on emotions and mental rather than physical. E.g. Phone Booth </li></ul><ul><li>Supernatural Thriller are films that focus on other realms, mixed with tension and plot twist. E.g. The Skeleton Key </li></ul>
<ul><li>"She's got the power... and you haven't got a prayer!“ is the tagline for the film Jennifer in 1978. </li></ul><ul><li>It is about a social misfit with psychic powers who wants revenge on her cruel classmates. </li></ul><ul><li>Director : Brice Mack </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing Company : American International Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Released : May 13, 1978 </li></ul><ul><li>In the movie, the main focus is the beautiful female character, where she gets bullied and teased. </li></ul><ul><li>They used a screaming sound effects followed by a laughing voice to add more thrill. </li></ul><ul><li>The used of dark places were also effective. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Director : Avi Nesher </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing Company : Artisan Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Released : 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>"What if your deepest, darkest desire came to life?” </li></ul><ul><li>A woman implicated in murder, moved away NYC to LA but followed by her evil alter-ego. She is having an affair with a writer, but is it really her or is it the doppelganger? </li></ul><ul><li>Films like this uses women to seduce a victim. </li></ul><ul><li>The woman always dress with a black code even her fingernails, to create a sense of a darker side of the character. </li></ul><ul><li>The sound effects were freaky and scary. </li></ul><ul><li>The lightning is a bit unpleasant and also uses dark effects to show a scary scene. </li></ul><ul><li>Also focuses on the knife (a prop) sending a message that she would kill someone. </li></ul>
<ul><li>They used a sound effect that adds tension and excitement in the atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of color red and flames, signifies that it is based on devils. </li></ul><ul><li>This time a female character is used to victimized the main character, contradicting other thriller films that female characters are vulnerable. </li></ul><ul><li>Director : Roman Polanski </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing Company : Artisan Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Released : August 25, 1999 ( France, Belgium and Spain) </li></ul><ul><li>The film is based on a rare-book dealer hired by a bibliophile to validate a seventeenth-century copy of ”The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows”, but, he encounters other things. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Director : Iain Softley </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing Company : Universal Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Released : July 29, 2005 (US) - August 12, 2005 (worldwide) </li></ul><ul><li>At first, the movie used a song that rocks the audiences, maybe just to give them relaxation for a moment. </li></ul><ul><li>But the pictures shows an old house with an old man staring at the attic, signifies that something gruesome happened at that house before. </li></ul><ul><li>Darkness is used to hide the “ghosts” in able for the audience to feel fear. </li></ul><ul><li>Also the use of flashbacks gave more meaning to the film. </li></ul><ul><li>The plot is about a nurse who got entangled in a mystery involving the house and the owners, black magic's and rituals took place there. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Director : David R. Ellis </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing Company : New Line Cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Released : August 28, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The movie, just like the other three, is based on a high school student who can see future, although it is to see the future of their death and tries to save the other people who avoided their time. </li></ul><ul><li>The sound usually is freaky. </li></ul><ul><li>Although didn’t use much darkness, instead they replaced it with horrible scene of death such as, when the girl got divided when hit by a flying tire. </li></ul><ul><li>Loud sound effects after a flashback or an upcoming death makes the audience jump off their seats. </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting was very natural to make it more realistic, so the audience might feel that it can happen in real life. </li></ul>
Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the wide-ranging thriller genre. However, this genre often incorporates elements from the mystery and drama genre in addition to the typical traits of the thriller genre. Psychological Thriller Characters are reliant on their mental resources. The suspense created by psychological thrillers often comes from two or more characters preying upon one another's minds, either by playing deceptive games with the other or by merely trying to demolish the other's mental state.
Psychological Thriller Conventions Reality – The quality of being real. Characters often try to determine what is true and what is not within the narrative. Perception – A person's own interpretation of the world around him through his senses. Often characters misperceive the world around them, or their perceptions are altered by outside factors within the narrative (see Unreliable narrator). Mind – The human consciousness; the location for personality, thought, reason, memory, intelligence and emotion. The mind is often used as a location for narrative conflict, where characters battle their own minds to reach a new level of understanding or perception.
Existence/Purpose - The object for which something exists; an aim or a goal humans strive towards to understand their reason for existence. Characters often try to discover what their purpose is in their lives and the narrative's conflict often is a way for the characters to discover this purpose. Identity - The definition of one's self. Characters often are confused about or doubt who they are and try to discover their true identity. Death - Characters either fear or have a fascination with death. Psychological Thriller Conventions
One hour photo Director: Mark Romanek Writer: Mark Romanek Release Date: 4 October 2002 (UK) Rated – 15 Distributor - Fox Searchlight Pictures Basic plot: A male employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.
Sy, one of the main characters, who works in the photo lab Establishing shot – Shows the reader where the character is, in the photo lab as the red effect is showed through the filming lens. Nina, the mother of the family that Sy is obsessed with. Stills from the film Establishing shot – shows he is at work, because of the objects around him also because he is wearing a uniform. Shows another time when he is looking through the families photos
Taxi Driver Director: Martin Scorsese Writer: Paul Schrader Release Date: 8 February 1976 Distributor: Columbia Pictures Basic plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as night time taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.
Travis Bickle- Establishing shot, shows what he does for his career also gives us the impression of him watching someone.
The hand that rocks the cradle Director: Curtis Hanson Writer: Amanda Silver Release Date: 24 April 1992 (UK) Distributor: Hollywood Pictures Basic plot: Peyton Flanders seemed to be the perfect nanny, but secretly she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Before becoming the nanny, Peyton had a miscarriage, and blamed it on Claire (the mother). Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before.
Basic Plot A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy. Director: Steve Shill Writer: David Loughery Release Date: 29 May 2009 Distributor: Screen Gems Obsessed
Stills from the film Mid shot Shadow on the actress’ face created by high-key lighting. Shows that she is in deep thought or is worried about something