Definition: A novel, play or movie with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage.
Thriller is a broad genre that uses suspense, tension and excitement in order to stimulatethe audiences moods giving them a high level of anticipation, surprise and/or terror.
Thriller films tend to be gritty, fast-paced and adrenaline fuelled. They commonly use devices such as red herrings, plot twists and cliff-hangers.They typically have a villain-driven plot where there are obstacles that the protagonist must overcome
The aim of Thrillers is to keep the audience alert and on the edge of their seats.
Common PlotsCrime:• Ransoms• Captivities• Heists• Revenge• Kidnappings
Psychological:• Mind games• Stalking• Confinement• Obsession
LocationThrillers often take place wholly or partly inexotic settings such as foreign cities, deserts, polar regions or high seas.
CharactersThe protagonist (hero) is normally portrayed as being tough and accustomed to danger (policemen, soldiers, pilots etc.)Sometimes may be ordinary people who end up accidentally becoming in danger. The protagonist is most commonly male in Thrillers.
HistoryThe Lodger (1926) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)Blackmail (1929) Malice (1993)M (1931) Se7en (1995)Murders in the Zoo (1933) The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) Joy Ride (2001)The 39 Steps (1935) Phone booth (2002)Rebecca (1940) Hostage (2005)Gaslight (1944) A History of Violence (2005)The Spiral Staircase (1946) Cellular (2006)The Third Man (1949) Firewall (2006)Dial M for Murder (1954) P2 (2007)Peeping Tom (1960) Captivity (2007)Frenzy (1972) Funny Games (2008)Sisters (1973) Eden Lake (2008)Dressed to Kill (1980) Unknown (2011)
References• http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thrill er• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(genre)• http://www.filmbug.com/dictionary/thrillers.p hp