Thrillers are primarily intended to induce tension and inspire excitement from the spectator. Thrillers aim to make the audience feel anxious to keep them on the edge of their seats. Famous directors in this genre include Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, and Martin Scorcese. Following WWII, these films turned darker. The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, is classic.

Expectations of the Audience:

Suspense, surprise, anticipation, and worry are all felt by the audience due to the action.

Psychological Thrillers:┬áThese films are gloomy thrillers that focus on people’s psyches. In general, these characters suffer from mental health issues, which they frequently acquire due to childhood trauma. A well-known example is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Norman Bates, the proprietor of a motel, suffers from dissociative identity disorder, implying he has two distinct personas (one of which is his mother, “Norma”). He was molested as a youngster, and as a result, he had this sickness, and when he fell in love with the film’s female lead, he went on a murdering rampage.

Conspiracy Thrillers: This sub-genre focuses on characters exploring difficulties that lead to a conspiracy that they must solve. The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and based on Dan Brown’s book of the same name, is a classic example. The Legal Thriller sub-genre is a sub-genre of this sub-genre, and primal Fear is an example of a legal thriller.

Crime Thrillers: This genre combines aspects from both the “Crime” and “Thriller” genres. These films deal with criminal actions such as murders and robberies, and serial murderers. They also create suspense, and No Country for Old Men is an example.


This film genre is associated with fairy tales and magical characters such as elves, wizards, and gnomes and is set in a fantasy environment. Magic and supernatural entities are frequently featured in this genre. Teenagers and children are the target audiences for these films, and the Hobbit series and Spirited Away are two well-known examples.

Expectations of the Audience:

Magic / Sorcery / Mysticism

Elves, Orcs, and Hobbits are examples of royalty humanoid species.

Fantasy is divided into several categories.

These films are set in a world controlled by Greek and Roman gods and feature Greek and Roman mythological heroes. After the 1970s, this sub-genre of films began to fade in popularity. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief is a current example.

Fairy Tales: These films are nothing more than Hollywood adaptations of fairy tales. Some of these films have recently integrated a grim narrative and subplot, and beauty and the Beast and Maleficent are two well-known examples.

Urban fantasy is a popular sub-genre that incorporates fantastical themes into a city environment. This might occur in a real or imaginary setting, but the plot must revolve around what happens in a city. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ghostbusters are two examples of this sub-genre.

Contemporary Fantasy: This subgenre incorporates fantasy themes into a modern setting. The Harry Potter series and The Chronicles of Narnia are two examples.