Genre Conventions of Thriller Films

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Genre Conventions of Thriller Films by Mind Map: Genre Conventions of Thriller Films

1. Narrative

1.1. Action and Enigma codes

1.2. Non-linear

1.3. Linear

1.4. Protagonist and Antagonit

1.4.1. E.g 'P2'

1.5. Cliffhangers

1.5.1. E.g. 'Inception'

1.6. Suspense/Tension

2. Iconography

2.1. Guns

2.1.1. E.g 'The Dark Knight'

2.2. Weaponary

2.3. Low Key lighting

2.4. Shadows

2.5. Blood

2.6. Knives

2.6.1. E.g 'Orphan'

3. Characters

3.1. Vicitm

3.2. Stalker

3.3. Murderer

3.4. Serial Killer

3.4.1. E.g. 'Se7en'

3.5. Con Artists

3.6. Psychopaths

3.7. Police/Agents

3.7.1. E.g 'Shutter Island'

3.8. Hero

4. Setting

4.1. Urban Areas

4.2. Suburbia

4.3. Cities

4.4. Forests/Woods

4.5. Small Towns

5. Sub Genres

5.1. Horror

5.2. Erotic

5.2.1. E.g 'The Boy Next Door'

5.3. Action

5.4. Psychological

5.4.1. E.g 'Gone Girl'

5.5. Crime

5.6. Mystery

5.7. Sci-fi

6. Themes

6.1. Kidnappings

6.2. Heists

6.2.1. E.g. 'Ocean's 11'

6.3. Murder

6.4. Revenge

6.5. Stalkings

6.6. Ransoms

6.7. Espionage

6.7.1. E.g. 'Casino Royale'

6.8. Obsession

7. KEY

8. Conventions we included

9. Real Film Examples

10. Although our lead character is the victim, she also acts as the heroine (uncommon in thriller films) as she attempts to save herself instead of relying on a male character to rescue her

11. Can have more than one sub-genre e.g 'Inception' is a sci-fi action thriller

12. Side Note