What is Genre??

We normally think of films in terms of their genre, which is a set of characteristics that we recognize. The audience will recognize genres by their narratives or themes, and also by their characters, certain stylistic elements such as lights and camera style, and iconography (which is the visual language described in film and television).

Some of the main genres are action, adventure, comedies, horror, and science fiction. There are plenty more film genres as you also have film sub-genres and also major film categories which would include animation, classic films, documentary and so on.

Horror is a good example of a genre, showing particulate characteristics with in the film. This genre is seeking to trigger a negative emotional reaction from the viewers, by playing on primal fears. The macabre (the quality of having a grim or ghastly atmosphere. Macabre emphasize the details and symbols of death) and supernatural are regular themes, and may also overlap with fantasy, supernatural fiction and thriller genres.
Horror films often deal with the viewers nightmares or involve evil forces, with the frequent use of elements such as, ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, demons, gore, torture, evil witches, monsters, zombies, psychopaths and serial killers.


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