Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television, having numerous subgenres.

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Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety.

Suspense is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.

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Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.


Thrillers generally keep the audience on the "edge of their seats" as the plot builds towards a climax.


The cover-up of important information from the viewer is a common element.

A cover-up is an attempt, whether successful or not, to conceal evidence of wrongdoing, error, incompetence or other embarrassing information.


Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists, and cliffhangers are used extensively.

A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction.

A plot twist is a radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel, film, television series, comic, video game, or other work of narrative.

A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue.


A thriller is usually a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome.


Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest stories in the Western world and is regarded as an early prototype of the thriller.

Homer is the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the semi-legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems which are the central works of Greek literature.


One of the earliest thriller films was Harold Lloyd's comic Safety Last!

Harold Clayton Lloyd, Sr. was an American actor, comedian, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer who is most famous for his silent comedy films.

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a film genre that falls under the general thriller genre.


, with a character performing a daredevil stunt on the side of a skyscraper.

A stunt is an unusual and difficult physical feat or an act requiring a special skill, performed for artistic purposes usually on television, theatre, or cinema.

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