In what ways does your media
product use, develop or challenge
forms and conventions of real media
My film is a psychological thriller, these
films are highly budgeted that’s why I
have chosen Hollywood as they have
produced a lot of psychological thrillers till
now. Lionsgate entertainment is my media
institution as it has produced the best and
top grossing psychological thrillers. A few
examples are American Psycho(2000),
Saw(2004), Saw 2(2005), Saw 3(2006), Saw
4(2007), Saw 5 (2008).
The Genre Psychological thriller mainly deals with
murdering for a cause such as money, power, love
etc. Or the character may have a mental disorder
causing him/her to murder someone.
The story line can be related to a true event or a
made up story. This genre has caught a lot of
attention worldwide and is still becoming popular
day by day.
According to a survey carried out by IMDB it is
known that this genre is enjoyed the most by
teenagers. As some scenes can be disgusting it is
not suitable for viewers under 18 or weak hearted
A few psychological thriller/horror films produced
by other institutions are:
Friday the 13th: Released in 2009 by newline cinema
and paramount pictures.
The Texas chainsaw massacre: Released in 1974 by
Scream movie series: Produced by woods
Nightmare on Elm street: Rereleased in 2010 by
Drag me to hell: Produced and released in 2009 by
Ghost house pictures.
The Exorcist: Released in 1973 by Warner Bros.
Coming down to the mise-en-scene. The
atmosphere of a typical psychological
thriller is a dark gloomy street,
A deserted area at night near a lake or a
It can also be a house at night, with
mysterious sounds and strange
But the genre mostly make use of
a dark and gloomy atmosphere and
a deserted railway station or dead
The props used for this genre include weapons such as
Knives, guns, Daggers, Axe, Hammers, Long nails,
Claws, Chainsaws etc.
The use of these props make the film more interesting to
Watch as everyone wants to know what the character is
Going to do next with the knife.
Who, What, Why, When, Where and How?
These are the typical questions that constantly revolve
The costumes for psychological thrillers are
In some cases masks are used to portray the
the murderer usually carries spare clothes with
him as their clothes are soaked in blood
after they kill someone.
Gloves are the most essential
piece of clothing because every
murderer has to make sure
that their finger prints aren't
Usually after a murder scene
the murderer changes clothes
and finds a way to dispose off
the old ones.
Every character in this genre has their own story.
Some are masked villains who don’t want their
Some are in disguise and spy before killing the
Some reveal their true image right before
killing someone. Such as Patrick Bateman who
lead a secret life as a serial killer.
The editing used in psychological
thrillers is fast.
The music is usually slow and
creepy and gets fast just before a
scary scene is about to take place.
The editing is very tricky as it becomes
hard for the editors to give a proper
horror effect to the audience.
Photoshop is used for most scenes to
portray the masked characters and
The murder victims and their wounds.
most of the dark and gloomy
atmosphere is also computerized .
The title of psychological thrillers
depends on the theme of the movie.
If the movie consists of a masked
villain the title is usually highlighted
in a dark background .
For Example: A Nightmare on
If the movie consists of a normal
citizen who is engaged with
criminals or loves killing people
the title is usually bold and
has a bit of blood.
For Example: American
The title has to suit the theme
of the film.
Usually the main character in a psychological thriller is
masked and kills people for a reason.
The masked villain does not only kill one person but
murders a number of people, those people can either be
innocent citizens or then the people who the character
has a grudge against and wants to take revenge.
Examples of such films include: Scream, Saw,
A Nightmare on Elm Street.
My film challenges this convection by not having a
a masked character in it.
The plot revolves around a college student who is an
Imbecile(A category of weak minded people who can
go to an extent of murdering when they are angry).
He gets angry when a fellow student of his explains
his past to him, how his father was a murderer and now
he is falling into the same footsteps. Due to a weak mind
and lack of tolerance he murders his fellow student
and later regrets it.
So this might be a bit off topic for the audience.