Conventions Of A Psychological ThrillerPresentation Transcript
Conventions of a psychological thriller
Titles Over Image In film such as Cape fear and Misery the title of the film and credits appear On image. Over Colour In films such as Fatal attraction, Memento and American Psycho, the title of the film and the credits appear on either black or white background.
One other type of titles that I found from my research was that there aren’t any titles at the beginning of the film. The film started with no titles at all. E.g. The Ring and se7en start with no titles.
Production and finance From my research I found that all the film that I have looked at with the genre of psychological thriller. They all are financed by American film studios. Studios such as New Market, Paramount, Lion Gates films, Universal Studios, New Line Cinema and DreamWorks have all spent millions of pounds in financing films which deal with genres of horror and psychological thrillers.
The Rings: The film is set in a city in America. In the house of the two teenage girls. When the house appears on screen, the camera slowly zooms into the window. The window is the eye of the house in which the camera goes into it. By this the genre of the film is clear, as the window is the eye which goes into the mind.. Cape fear: The film is set in a city in America, where we see a building of a jail to start with. However the camera then uses a jump cut to focus on a house where most of the film takes place. American psycho: The film is also set in a city in America. The opening scene takes place in a posh restaurant and then moves into the villain’s house. Locations Fatal Attraction: the film is also set in a city in America in which the opening scene also starts with the entrance of a house. The camera focuses on a window which is the zooms in to the inside of the house. Memento: The film is set in a city in America. The film starts with the leading character being inside the building of where the murder takes place. And them moves to his house. Se7en: The film is set in a city in America. In this film we start with a man who is in his house. And then we move on to another house where a murder takes place.
Miss-en-scene The miss-en-scene that has been used throughout the films that I have seen is as follows: Costumes: The costumes that the villain usually wears is a smart suit or jeans and shirts. E.g. In American Psycho the villain Patrick is always dressed smartly in a suit. And in Cape fear the villain is always dressed in jeans and shirt. The villain is mainly a white man. Such as in American Psycho, Cape fear, Se7en. However, in films such as Fatal Attraction, Misery, The Ring the villain are all females. Props/Colour: Props that have been used in the opening of my 6 films that I have researched on are, The use of white colours of objects and costumes to help identify the victims or the hero. For e.g. In Fatal Attraction all the innocent characters are wearing white clothing and the colour of their walls and objects such as the lamp, the table are all white. Similarly in The Rings the victims are also wearing white clothing. The colour of their walls and their bed is all white.
In the opening of my 5 films I have notice that all the films start with Non-Digetic sound. All use sinister music in the background. In American psycho, Cape fear, Memento, Se7en, Fatal Attraction all use sinister music. However, in The Rings there is only digetic sound at the beginning. There is only dialogue used. SOUND