Are you into thrillers? Do you know how to differentiate one type from another? Oh yes, there are varieties — all equally exciting!
The dictionary defines thriller as "a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense." The key term in this definition is "high degree" since thrillers need to concoct intense situations to make audiences feel intense about them, too. That's basically how thrillers work.
But as mentioned, there are different types. If you're into dramatic thrillers, ones that explore how twisted the human psyche can get, then that's the psychological thriller type. These are films that test characters' morality lines, often indulging them in crossing to the darker side. If these dramatic situations involve paranormal elements, then it becomes a paranormal thriller. When gruesome murders are present, then that's a slasher or horror thriller.
Crime-filled thrillers are those that feature an active case, and the protagonists need to solve them, or else! They're often caught between life-or-death situations, which elevate the typical crime drama into a crime thriller. The situations need to make our hearts beat faster in anticipation. And if the stories are just great to watch because they're delivered in action-packed sequences, then that's an action or adventure thriller. It's like the cinematic counterpart of riding a roller coaster.
Now that you've reviewed the kinds, time to review the titles! Have a happy time hopping from one thriller to the next!