Thriller sub-genres The definition of a thriller is a suspenseful movie, play or book. However, what most people don't realise is thrillers divide into sub-genres, and in films most of them tend to overlap with each other. Here are a few examples of thirller sub genres:
Crime thriller - This is a hybrid type of both particular genres, crime and thriller, merged into one. Crime thrillers usually focus on the criminals rather than the policeman, and the area of focus is usually the action of the crime, rather than the psychological aspect of it.
Legal thriller - This is a thriller in which the law is involved, and the laywer heroes/heroines are usually the protagonists of the story. It may or may not be based around the proceedings in a court room, and there is the constant danger of a life being lost. One of my favourite legal thrillers is Time to Kill.
Psychological thriller - This is a sub genre in which the conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional rather than physical. This is probably the most popular type of thriller, and one of my favourites too. I like the way how psychological thrillers don't neccissarily have to be gory and terrifying to engrave a message in your head. Two of my favourites would have to be the Panic Room and Gothika.
Supernatural thriller - In this type of thriller, abnormal, metaphysical elements are included along with tension, suspense and fear. It introduces the idea of an unnatural substance in the film. Examples include What Lies Beneath and Rosemary's Baby.
What inspires me is the use of false plateaus, because I think it really builds up the suspense to climax, then releases it only to make the second climax even more thrilling and exciting. I would like to use this technique in my groups thriller film, as I think it is effective in making it the true essence of a thriller film.
Films that I have enjoyed and/or may be a possible influence: