Wednesday, 15 December 2010

RESEARCH: suspense/genre

Thriller and Suspense Films:

 These are types of films known to encourage intense excitement, suspense, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, anxiety, and nerve-wracking tension. Thriller and suspense films are virtually identical and interchangeable categorisations, with similar characteristics and features.

If the genre is to be defined strictly, a genuine thriller is a film that rentlessly pursues a single-minded goal to provide thrills and keep the audience cliff-hanging at the 'edge of their seats' as the plot builds towards a climax. The tension usually arises when the main character/s is placed in a menacing situation or mystery, or an escape or dangerous mission from which escape seems impossible. Life itself is threatened, usually because the principal character is unsuspecting or unknowingly involved in a dangerous or potentially deadly situation. Plots of thrillers involve characters which come into conflict with each other or with outside forces the menace is sometimes abstract or shadowy. 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Suspense; Pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel.