The Thriller Genre. Genre. Genre is a French word that means ‘type’ Genre is a theoretical term for the classification of media texts into type groupings
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A thriller is a genre that uses suspense, tension, action and excitement as the big characteristics, they usually include an atmosphere of violence, crime, murder, etc.
A typical thriller genre film is designed to keep the audience on edge with suspense and tension. Thrillers often have plot twists and try to keep people unsure of what is going to happen. They try to make the suspense unbearable and keep it going for a while to keep the viewers on edge.
Thrillers are meant to scare the viewers and invoke on peoples fears to make it as effective as possible, the fears of the unknown, death, etc.
Thrillers can be supernatural, unrealistic (fantasy), some can be very intellectual, which can create a psychological aspect and force the viewers to look at the background of the characters to try and work out the plot of the film.
Thrillers started of as serial literature series which would be quite short and end in cliff hangers that sees the hero in danger. The most famous of these would be the 1914 series of ‘Perils of Pauline’ they then developed in to thriller ‘talkies’ such as ‘The Thin Man’
A typical thriller film would show good and evil fighting against each other which would normally create a feel of suspense and there is normally a ‘price to be paid’ for the conclusion of the story. Usually has a growing sense of threat or danger for the ‘good’ character. They would normally start with a sense of equilibrium then everything would go wrong/strange with the ‘bad character’ intervening and then at the end it can go back to the feel of the equilibrium or it could have a twist to it and not go back to the sense of equilibrium.
In a thriller the typical characters would be:
(everything that appears on the set before the camera - settings / props / costume & makeup / performance / lighting)