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THRILLER FILM GENRE It is difficult to state a clear definition of a thriller because thrillers cross over many genres of filmmaking Thrillers can be divided into countless categories eg action thrillers psychological thrillers crime thrillers spy thrillers romantic thrillers supernatural thrillers etc However the single greatest characteristic of a thriller is the obvious one It thrills as one watches it The plots are scary the characters are at great risk and the films are constructed in a manner that forces the viewer to uncover their eyes and watch The Master Of Suspense made a big impact on thriller films Alfred Hitchcock told his stories through intelligent plots witty dialogue and a spoonful of mystery and murder In doing so he inspired a new generation of filmmakers and revolutionized the thriller genre making him a legend around the world Alfred Hitchcocks NORTH BY NORTHWEST Thomas Harriss SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and Ken Folletts THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE are all classic thrillers But the more recent thrillers such as Alejandro Amenabars THE OTHERS M Night Shyamalans THE SIXTH SENSE and Sam Raimis THE GIFT are quickly making their way into households everywhere There is no formula for a thriller other than the same good storytelling features found in a lot of good thriller films eg a story that starts with a serious problem a central character who tries to solve the problem only to find that it gets worse and worse which calls for more twists and thrills The plot rises to a dramatic confrontation with the antagonist who in some cases is our least suspected character usually on the bad guys territory of just a very isolated location and ends with a short conclusion But in some cases the conclusion isnt exactly complete which is the case in the three films pointed out above To a certain extent they leave the audience hanging without an explanation for everything It is easier to recognize
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