Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?
Willow (1988) is the a family-friendly high fantasy film about Willow, the member of a race of little people who tries to get the baby, Elora Danan, to someone to look after her, little knowing she is prophecised to bring about the death of the evil Queen Bavmorda.
Of course, these films say nothing about the genre as a whole. Certainly things can be said about the films, though. They are usually bigger name films, smaller low-budget or less successful films may rely on the rules more. One is a post-modern film in which the characters know the rules. About half may not be purely "slasher" films and may not need to follow the rules.
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.