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Q: Popular films of last 20 years ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Popular films of last 20 years
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: johnam-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 Aug 2002 00:24 PDT
Expires: 10 Sep 2002 00:24 PDT
Question ID: 53191
What are the conventions (aka cliches) of the film genre:
Psychological Thriller ? Please list as many as possible.
Subject: Re: Popular films of last 20 years
Answered By: blader-ga on 11 Aug 2002 02:41 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear johnam:

Here's my list! =)

-In any movie where "something" has happened and villagers come to
look at it, they always decide to "go for help".
-The most expendable member of the group is left to "keep an eye on
it", and supplied with a weapon or signaling device "in case something
-Said member ALWAYS responds: "What could happen?" This is a certain
signal that he will die, gruesomely, within 2 minutes.

-Distorted Mirrors
-Creaking Doors

-sudden appearances by ghost/person/pet giving our victim and the
audience the requisite heart-thumping jolt
-red herrings designed to leave us guessing
-characters who may not be what they seem
-lots and lots of shots of [character] wandering through an ominously
empty house

-assassins pitted against one another
-a brilliant car chase 
-black helicopters

- Cracking the Stonewalling Witness 
- Meat Grinder
- Gorgeous Courtroom
- Inxa on the Plea Argainbay.
- Overzealous Barristers

Source (with detailed examples):

-the sudden appearance of a family pet
-the best friend with coincidental occult inclinations
-the killer who just won't die. 
-having a character suddenly appear in the frame.

Google Search Strategy:

    "thriller movie cliches" OR "thriller cliches"

I hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by johnam-ga on 11 Aug 2002 04:17 PDT
thanks for this answer:  

Do you have any thoughts on the general conventions of Psychological
thrillers with a bit more stress on the "Psychological"..?

eg: the person (persons)in authority that you think you can trust -
you cannot trust.

:he person closest to you, if you do trust them then you probably
and if you don't trust them you probably can and it's someone else.

Clarification of Answer by blader-ga on 11 Aug 2002 13:36 PDT
Dear johnam:

Here's a few I can think of off hand as a movie watcher:

-If character works for big government agency, the agency will be
engaged in a conpsiracy character wants to stop.
-The bad guy is NEVER the obvious bad guy. It's also never the second
and third obvious bad guys.
-The bad guy is usually a relative or friend who has a hidden vendetta
against the main character.
-The obvious bad guy always comes in at the end and saves the main
character from death by the real bad guy, thus redeeming himself.
-Persons in authority are always apathetic and disbelieving about your
-The safest place to hide is usually the most dangerous, and the
hardest to escape from.
-Characters can not be written off as dead until the very end of the
movie. You never know when dead characters suddenly pop back.

That's all I can think of for now. The two you already mentioned were
the most important ones for the genre.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by johnam-ga on 12 Aug 2002 00:45 PDT
Thanks for all this help... the only other convention/cliche that has
occurred to me is the overflowing bath tub !

Clarification of Answer by blader-ga on 12 Aug 2002 02:10 PDT
Glad to be of service, johnam!
johnam-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

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