Saturday, 29 January 2011

Thriller Sub-Genres

Although thriller films are in one category, they are no all based on the same type of story. Thrillers have sub-genres which divide them into groups of identifiable categories. Thriller sub-genres may be:
  • Psychological (Memento, The Stepfather, The Shining)
  • Romantic (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, Mr and Mrs Smith)
  • Action (District 13)
  • Supernatural (What Lies Beneath)
  • Political (Enemy of the State)
  • Mystery (Donnie Darko)
  • Crime (Psycho)
And many more. However, a film can fall into two genres. For example, both Inception and Phonebooth, two very successful  films, were a psychological and action thriller.
Taking of the Pehlam 1, 2, 3 is a crime and political thriller.

Memento is a psychological thriller film. Personally, I do not enjoy thrillers especially supernatural thrillers.
After I watched this film, I began to enjoy psychological thrillers. Because they are so suspenseful,  you are intrigued and always on track of everything that happens in the film so they begin to make sense, almost like a puzzle.

Another psychological thriller is The Stepfather. I also really enjoyed this film. There were some very jumpy and shocking scenes. 

The opening scene for both films were incredible. They shock the viewers but grabs their attention instantly. Both have inspired me and I will be considering to use their technique in my own film.

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