A thriller has :
- An Anti-killer
- An character that is good vs a character evil
- Typical setting
- themes of death,
- the supernatural, mental illness or undead character
- central villain (Ghost, Monster, Cerial Killer)
- Blood and Gore
The types of thriller sub-genres are Romance, Political, Supernatural, Psychological, Acquried, Action.
Codes and conventions expected in films depending on the genre (mise en scene, sound,editing, cinematography, plot lines, characters & themes).
In class, we had to watch a clip that was What Lies Beneath. We were told to analyse the clip shown as an example of having a sub genre in the film. It was a eerie supernatural film with bits that created tense and other bit that were suspended. The camera angles and movements picked up a lot of facial expressions the mise en scene of the white bathroom (white being an innocent safe colour) to mislead us into thinking something could happen, The slow tracking and panning to show establishing. The conventional "stab" and exaggerated sounds that makes us all jump and the screaming is all part of a thriller but we also anticipate to much as an audience and get drawn into a false plateau.