Genre Hybrids

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Film genres need to be fluid and constantly evolving, otherwise cinema as a form would fall, with film-makers forced to tell the same stories, in the same style, over and over again. Given that there are only seven basic plots, the only way to keep thrilling and surprising audiences is to keep framing those plots in fresh genre combinations. Often these combinations are something of a ‘mash-up’, the putting together of conflicting genres that might not, initially, seem like a good match.

As horror movies are perennially popular, film-makers might start with a set of horror paradigms to guarantee audience interest, before throwing other tropes into the mix. This gives us genre hybrids like:

Horror Romance (e.g. Twilight)

Horror War (e.g. R-Point, Dead Snow)

Horror Historical Drama (e.g. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Horror Rom-Com (e.g. Shaun of the Dead)

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