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Shadow/low-key light – they are used to add tension into a scene and sometime to show darkness side of the
Quick cuts – they use them to build a tension and suspense also to show reality of the situation and create
panic, so audience can feel the same emotions as character
Urban locations – these locations are mostly used as isolated and countryside are more associated with horror
Reality – main character has mental problem, are unstable emotionally and they are not able to recognize what
is good and what is bad or what is real and what is not
Mostly mentally ill person in psychological thrillers focus their attention and life-style on someone or something,
they are able to commit crime to get it
Purpose – The object for which something exists; an aim or a goal humans strive towards to understand their
reason for existence. Characters often try to discover what their purpose is in their lives and the narrative's
conflict often is a way for the characters to discover this purpose.
Use of slow and fast editing to show the up and downs of mentally ill person
Music in psychological thrillers also links to the scenes on the screen and mostly are very eerie and tense, they
are to build a tension and create a shock within audience
Obtrusive & montage editing is used frequently in psychological thrillers to highlight the feelings and emotions
of suspense and tension within a scene, this is mostly used in important scenes
Flashbacks are really often used in psychological thriller as they show what happen in the past and how this
have impact on present life
Mind – The human consciousness; the location for personality, thought, reason, memory, intelligence and
emotion. The mind is often used as a location for narrative conflict, where characters battle their own minds to
reach a new level of understanding or perception.
Identity – The definition of one's self. Characters often are confused about or doubt who they are and try to
discover their true identity
Weapons – there can be find weapons. For example when mentally unstable person try to hurt their victim
Photos – they are often used as it can show, for example obsession over the victim
Urban locations such as:
People with mentally illness mostly look as normal people, they can have neat clothes and neat hairstyle. They
usually do not stand out from the mainstream.
Mentally ill person is caught by police or someone who tried to find him, for example the family/friends of his
Mentally ill person is killed by his victim
Mentally ill person kills his victim and is looking for another one
Mentally ill person reaches his/her goals
Person, who was persecuted by mentally ill person, recovers her/his previous life
Victim escapes from her persecutor and back to normal life, where persecutor is still on freedom