Psychological Thriller Media Studies Essay examples

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WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER?

I chose to pick a genre, and I chose to do psychological thrillers. What are psychological thrillers? A psychological thriller is a subgenre of horror and thriller fiction that relies on characters' fears and emotional instability to build tension. However, this genre often incorporates elements from the mystery and drama genre in addition to they typical traits of the thriller genre. ALso. occasionally this genre will border into the, also wide-ranfing, horror genre. The elements of psychological horror focuses on the inside of the characters mind, their mental state. This includes emotions, personality, mental attitude of individuals, inhumane acts and conspiracies. The aim is to get you confused with
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The mind is often used as a location for narrative conflict, where characters battle their own minds to reach a new level of understanding or perception. FOR EXAMPLE: Dream house or Black Swan.

EXISTENCE/PURPOSE - The object for which something exists; an aim or a goal humans strive towards to understand their reason for existence. Characters often try to discover what their purpose is in their lives and the narratives conflict often is a way for the characters o discover this purpose. FOR EXAMPLE: Donnie Darko or The Sixth Sense.

IDENTITY - The definition of one’s self. Characters often are confused about or doubt who they are and try to discover their true identity. FOR EXAMPLE; Identity or Total Recall

DEATH - The cessation of life. Characters either fear or have a fascination with death. FOR EXAMPLE; Saw or Final Destination.

GUILT - This theme usually haunts the main character, building up a bad and traumatising past the might have been forgotten, therefore haunting them, or a past which they remember, but struggle to forget. The effects of this theme would be, as follows:

(Example: ‘House at the end of the street’. )


SETTING
A great place, or setting, where psychological thrillers are filmed are homes, they are commonly used to portray and outline a character's life, through where they live, the things the own and what their lifestyle was like before they meet a…

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