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Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... An audience is a group of people who participate in and experience or encounter a work of art, literature, theatre, music or academics in any medium. ...


Thrillers emphasize nervous tension and anxiety. Thriller films are distinct from horror movies which emphasize fear, or action movies which emphasize exhilaration. The motive force of a thriller can range from small-scale fraud to international conspiracy, but topics such as disasters (the disaster movie) or defeating criminals (the policier or crime film) are typically the preserve of other genres. Anxiety is a complex combination of negative emotion that includes fear, apprehension and worry, and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, whether it be real or imagined. ... Movie poster for Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond movie. ... A disaster movie is a movie that has an impending or ongoing disaster (e. ... The beginning of the 20th century saw the arrival of film as a new medium. ...


Alfred Hitchcock is considered by many to be the master of the genre. His ability to create "nail-biting" scenarios is studied in many film schools around the world. North by Northwest is a prime example. It builds tension with a minimum of pugilistic action, relying instead on mystery and suspense. One of the reasons Hitchcock may have been so effective at this genre was his tendency to put "the common man" in the position of what would be the action hero in an action film. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a British-born American film director and producer, closely associated with the suspense thriller genre. ... North by Northwest is a 1959 MGM thriller by Alfred Hitchcock and is generally considered one of his best works. ... An action hero is any character that lacks the superhuman powers that would normally be connotated in superhero. ...


Script writer Robert McKee noted that thrillers are essentially about the battle of justice vs. injustice. He also noted that another defining characteristic is that there is often a price to be paid for the conclusion of the story. Many subgenres exist within the thriller genre: these can be defined by their Point of View (POV) e.g. those solving a crime (detective story), those perpetuating the crime (caper), a tough guy's POV (film noir), a psychologist (psychodrama) or those prosecuting the law (court-room drama). Each possible protagonist in such a drama can have both major and minor character roles and an opposite; e.g. detective (minor - Jack Vincennes, Kevin Spacey's character in L.A. Confidential or major – Sherlock Holmes) and its opposite (minor - Capt. Dudley Liam Smith, James Cromwell's character in L.A. Confidential or major – Moriarty, Holmes's nemesis). Robert McKee is a creative writing instructor who is widely admired for his popular Story Seminars, which developed when he was a professor at the University of Southern California. ... Kevin Spacey as Verbal in The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey), better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of Welsh and Irish descent. ... L.A. Confidential is a 1990 crime novel by James Ellroy that was turned into a 1997 film which tells the story of Los Angeles police in the 1950s, and police corruption bumping up against Hollywood celebrity. ... Statue of Sherlock Holmes at Meiringen, Switzerland Sherlock Holmes (born 1854, according to William S. Baring-Gould) is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who made his first published appearance in 1887. ... James Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an American television and film actor. ... See: Professor Moriarty, villain in the Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries Count Jim Moriarty, a character in The Goon Show William Moriarty, a leader of the Communist Party of Canada who sided with the Right Opposition. ...


External links

  • McKee Thriller Writing Course Notes (on plugincinema.com)

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Thriller film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (321 words)
Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience.
Thriller films are distinct from horror movies which emphasize fear, or action movies which emphasize exhilaration.
The motive force of a thriller can range from small-scale fraud to international conspiracy, but topics such as disasters (the disaster movie) or defeating criminals (the policier or crime film) are typically the preserve of other genres.
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