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18 Jan 2017

POLL - SUSPENSE & THRILLER

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?



Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)



  • Anti-War Films - Films that feature war, but portray it as a bad thing.  [Saving Private Ryan]
  • Cold War Films - The USA and the USSR are on the brink of all-out war which only our hero can stop.  [Hunt for the Red October]
  • Conspiracy Films - Films where a character discovers a world of murder and conspiracy.  [Enemy of the State]
  • Erotic Thrillers - Films where a character is lured into a world of sleaze and murder by sex.  [The Monkey's Mask]
  • Espionage Films/Spy Thrillers - Films that feature espionage, but focus more on suspense than action.  [Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]
  • Legal Thriller - A courtroom drama, but with more danger to the protagonists [The Firm]
  • Outbreak/Contagion Films - A film about the beginnings and spread of a deadly pandemic and possibly the collapse of society that follows.  [Warning Sign]
  • Political Thrillers - Films where the fate of a country's political future is at stake.  [All The President's Men]
  • Psychological Thrillers - Films where the unstable mental state of a character or characters is a feature.  [Psycho]
  • Supernatural Thrillers - A film with supernatural elements that focuses more on building tension than the gore or killing of other horror films.  [Jack & Diane]

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, many Suspense & Thriller films are action films or horrors or close to crossing the lines into becoming them.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are Suspense & Thriller sub-genres not included here that appeared in previous polls.

  • Action Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of action and suspense.
  • Crime Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of mystery and suspense.
  • Drama Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of drama and suspense.
  • Exploitation - most sub-genres depending on the levels of suspense.
  • Horror - most sub-genres depending on the levels of horror and suspense.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy - most sub-genres depending on the levels of suspense.

13 Jan 2017

SLASHER FILM RULES - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Every genre has cliches, but how well does a Friday the 13th film follow the Slasher film rules?



Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) in which a girl with special powers accidentally frees Jason.



The following analysis may contain spoilers for

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988)



19 Dec 2016

CHRISTMAS MOVIES - It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

 Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do Christmas films follow their formula?




It's A Wonderful Life (1946) is a film, partially set at Christmas and popularly watched during the festive season.


The following may contain spoilers for

"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)


16 Dec 2016

POLL - SEX & ROMANCE

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?



Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)




  • "Carry On" films - A British series of sex comedies.  [Carry on Behind]
  • Erotic romance - Romances that have lots of sex.  [9 1/2 Weeks]
  • Historical romances - Romances set in an earlier period.  [Titanic]
  • Lesbian romance - A romance between 2 women.  10+ films have already been tested for this genre.  [The Incredible True Adventure of Two Girls In Love]
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Films based around this character type.  10 films have already been tested for this genre.  [Garden State]
  • Romantic drama - A romantic drama.  [Breakfast At Tiffany's]
  • Romantic tragedies - A romance with a death.  [Sweet November]
  • Rom Coms - The standard formulaic romantic comedies.  10 films have already been tested for this genre.  [Sleepless In Seattle
  • Supernatural romance - Romances between humans and supernatural creatures.  [Twilight]
  • Teen Sex Comedies - Coming of age films meet sex comedies.  [Porky's]

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, many Sex & Romance films are comedies, dramas films.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are Sex & Romance sub-genres not included here that appeared in previous polls.
  • Comedies & Musicals - includes: Sex Comedies.
  • Dramas & Historical - include genres that often include romances, like Bio-Pics, Coming of Age films, Melodramas and the like.
  • Exploitation films - especially Sexploitation films.

There are Sex & Romance  sub-genres not included here that will appear on later polls.
  • Suspense & Thrillers - especially Erotic thrillers.

Any sub-genres of Sex & Romance you feel are missing and need to be added to the list?  Any films that need to be tested?  Please comment below.

~ DUG.



12 Dec 2016

SLASHER FILM RULES - Black Christmas (1974)

Every genre has cliches, but how well does a Christmas horror follow the Slasher film follow the Slasher film rules?



Black Christmas (1974) in a Christmas Horror film and early slasher film.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)


5 Dec 2016

CHRISTMAS MOVIES - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do Christmas films follow their formula?


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is a stop-motion animation children's Christmas horror.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


2 Dec 2016

POLL - SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?




Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)



  • Alien Invasion films - Films about a mass invasion by alien forces.  [Independence Day]
  • Disney cartoons - Cartoons.  By Disney.  [Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs]
  • Dystopic Future Societies - Films about a future world where although for many life seems great, it actually sucks for most people.  [1984]
  • High Fantasy - Fantasy films set in a fantasy world.  5+ films have already been tested for this genre.  [The Princess Bride]
  • Post-Apocalyptic - Films about a future world where society has collapsed.  [Mad Max]
  • Space Opera - Films built around spaceships and space battles.  [Star Wars]
  • Super-Hero films - Films built around people with powers beyond those of normal man.  [Superman]
  • Sword & Sorcery/Barbarian films - High fantasy films, but set earlier, with more savage characters and darker magic.  [Conan the Barbarian]
  • Time Travel - Time travel.  Films about  [Back to the Future]
  • Virtuality Reality films - Films mostly set in a virtual world.  [The Matrix[

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, many Science Fiction & Fantasy  films are exploitation films, etc.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are Science Fiction & Fantasy  sub-genres not included here that appeared in previous polls.
  • Action films - Disaster film could be vaguely Science Fiction, and Alien Invasion films can include elements of Disaster films.  Space Opera may use elements of War films.
  • Crime films - includes: Vigiliante fims may use elements of Super Hero films.
  • Horror films - Often include Science Fiction or Fantasy (superntural) elements.  Especially Alien Attack, Demonic Possession, Ghost Stories, Zombie Films.

There are Science Fiction & Fantasy sub-genres not included here that will appear on later polls.
  • Sex & Romance - includes:  Supernatural Romance may contain fantasy elements.
  • Suspence & Thrillers - includes: Outbreak/Contagion films, a very weak form of science fiction, with connections to zombies.

Any sub-genres of science fiction & fantasy you feel are missing and need to be added to the list?  Any films that need to be tested?  Please comment below.

~ DUG.