Thursday, 16 December 2010
Thriller is a genre of film that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as the main elements. There are many Thriller sub-genres such as crime, mystery, political , supernatural etc. However psychological thrillers are interesting me most at the moment. The best psychological thrillers are packed with suspense and have elements of mystery, drama and deception. I find them interesting as they tend to focus more on the plot, the twists in the plot can take you from complete comprehension to complete confusion, keeping you gripped to the screen.
Alfred Hitchcock, who is considered the master of suspense, made several amazing psychological thrillers. Below are some examples of his work that first interested me in the sub-genres:
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is the 'mother' of all suspense film, and has influenced many other thrillers.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Sub genres are identifiable sub-classes of the larger category of main film genre, with their own distinctive subject matter, style, formulas, and iconography.There are many types of thriller genres such as romance and detective and mystery. However this particular clip from "what lies beneath" inspired me as it's clear that its a phsycological thriller. I feel the film highlights ghostly imagery and spiritual events that automatically automatically makes the audience know its a gory film .
Sub genres is simply a genre within a genre. sub genre movie is a movie which includes the theme of more than one genre. As part of my coursework I am studying Thriller sub genres. examples of these are; Romantic Thriller
All those highlighted in bold are the sub genre of the main genre Thriller.
The sub genre I have decided to go into more depth is Psychological Thriller and the movie clip I have chosen to represent this is the 1980 Thriller movie, the shining.
A little boy, riding on a tricycle along a never ending corridor at full speed. Something is bound to happen. A first watch of this movie, i would think that it was anything but a thriller, perhaps the eary diegetic sound of the music gives it away. The long corridor that seems never ending creates an uneasy feeling. We know something is going to happen but when and how. Who is going to jump out of nowhere. No dialogue yet much suspense is created just through the setting and surrounding and music.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
|1. uncertainty: the state or condition of being unsure or in doubt about something|
|2. enjoyable tension: a feeling of tense excitement about how something such as a mystery novel or film will end|
|3. anxiety: a state of anxiety or intense worry about something|