Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Definition of a thriller movie and sub genres.

A thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television that includes numerous and often overlapping sub-genres. Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more powerful and better equipped villains.

Supernatural Thrillers

These are very similar to horror films, but are often not as violent. The character (could be the hero or the villain) has some sort of supernatural power that must be called upon. Supernatural thrillers often find the protagonists either battling an evil paranormal force or placed in a situation controlled by an other-worldly force beyond their comprehension.
  • Cat People (1942)
  • Carrie (1976)

Spy Thriller

The hero is usually a government agent who must take violent action against agents from a rival government or terrorists.
  • Mission Impossible
  • The Bourne Identity

Religious Thriller

Thrillers based on religious teachings, events, and customs. Religious prophecies, evils unleashed, and ancient scriptures often come into play. At times they can be quite controversial as they examine people's beliefs, not always in a flattering way.
  • The Omega Code
  • The Da Vinci Code

Psychological Thrillers

The ones that mess with your head. In these types of thrillers the suspense is character-driven rather than action-driven. Characters play deceptive games and try to destroy one another. Sometimes the conflict exists within one character's mind.
  • The step father
These films often focus on criminals dealing with a successful or failed crime and the suspenseful results. Common themes include robberies, murders, and double crosses.
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Sin City

Erotic Thriller

A sensational genre that is a mix of erotic and thriller films.
  • Body Heat
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Basic Instinct

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