Created By: Vyctorian on December 10, 2011 Last Edited By: chihuahua0 on March 24, 2012

SupernaturalThriller

A Thriller with supernatural elements; ghosts, demons, cyptids, ectra.

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Supernatural Thrillers are Thrillers with a supernatural angle to them. They share all the same elements as other thrillers but have supernatural elements at play within them. The Antagonist or the Protagonist are usually involved with supernatural forces, having both involved with supernatural elements isn't unheard of within the genre. These supernatural elements can be anything from aliens, to ghost, to vampires or sometimes even magic.

Compare and Contrast- Urban Fantasy, 20 Minutes into the Future, Supernatural Soap Opera and Horror as they sometimes overlap.

Examples:

Anime:
  • Death Note is a Detective Thriller that centers around the use of a supernatural notebook of death, given by a Shinigami.
  • 3x3 Eyes, is a supernatural thriller which tells the tale of Pai, the last of the immortal Sanjiyan, who's one wish is to become human. And Yuki Fuji, who becomes her guardian and key to helping Pai achieve her goal. All that stands between them are the elusive Migyenozo and the servants of Kiyangwang.

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Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • December 10, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • December 10, 2011
    cityofmist
    Supernatural isn't really a thriller, at least in the later seasons when it moves more towards a straight save-the-world plot. I've never watched X-Files, but I've had the impression that it's more a police procedural than a thriller.
  • December 10, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    I can confirm that. The X Files is a Police Procedural.
  • December 10, 2011
    Vyctorian
    It's both, and it's listed on other sites including wikipedia as such.
  • December 10, 2011
    jate88
    Does this have anything to do with Supernatural Fiction?
  • December 10, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^ It's a sub-genre of that.

    I fixed some formatting.
  • December 10, 2011
    jate88
    having both involved with supernatural elements sn not unheard of within the genre

    That "sn not" is supposed to be "is not" or "isn't".
  • December 10, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • 3x3 Eyes, is a supernatural thriller which tells the tale of Pai, the last of the immortal Sanjiyan, who's one wish is to become human. And Yakumo Fujii, who becomes her guardian and key to helping Pai achieve her goal. All that stands between them are the elusive Migyenozo and the servants of Kiyangwang.
  • December 11, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Ring. Rachel and her ex-boyfriend race against time to save them and her son from horrible deaths threatened by a vengeful ghost.
  • December 11, 2011
    Vyctorian
    I'm thinking about removing the compare/contrast Urban Fantasy because it makes it seem like this is a modern only genre and it's not, thoughts?
  • December 12, 2011
    jate88
    Urban Fantasy goes back to victorian era. Are there any supernatural thrillers that take place sometime before that?
  • December 12, 2011
    Vyctorian
    Hamlet is a bit of one, also Fantasy in general can also do thriller now that I think about that, also Urban Fantasy is under debate in the TRS and it's currently 'modern only' by trop-ifintion.
  • December 13, 2011
    Noaqiyeum
    I'm not certain whether I Am Not A Serial Killer counts or not, but I'm leaning toward yes.
  • December 13, 2011
    jate88
    Shouldn't Thriller be wikiworded to somewhere in the article?
  • December 13, 2011
    Vyctorian
    I tried it but the article was red linked when I did it
  • December 14, 2011
    jate88
    Typing supernatural thriller into the tvtropes search engine brings up Rise Blood Hunter, Road Train, and Gothika. Could Hell Girl be a supernatural thriller?
  • December 15, 2011
    jate88
    bump
  • December 17, 2011
    Vyctorian
    bump
  • December 18, 2011
    Sijo
    I'd say that the difference between a thriller and other 'scary' genres is a matter of degrees. Horror hits you right from the start with a sense of "these people are doomed". Adventure fiction, on the other hand, can have any manner of dangers but the audience knows nobody (important) is going to die. With thrillers, it isn't that clear; you never know going in who will survive by the end- that is the "thrill". In Supernatural Thrillers, the fantastic is just an element that doesn't dominate (until critical moments, that is.) It also doesn't have to be the antagonist- a character plagued by visions which are true but uncontrollable or hard to understand, is also being harrassed by the supernatural even if there is a physical, mundane enemy.

    To sum up: supernatural thriller = a story where the consequences are uncertain, with subtle (when compared to regular horror) supernatural elements.

    Hope that helps.
  • December 19, 2011
    Vyctorian
    Thank you so much for that ^
  • December 21, 2011
    jate88
    Compare also to Supernatural Soap Opera?
  • December 23, 2011
    jate88
    bump
  • December 23, 2011
    Vyctorian
    ^^ yes that would work
  • December 24, 2011
    Vyctorian
    bump
  • December 25, 2011
    jate88
  • December 29, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^ We need some explanation before adding any of those.
  • December 30, 2011
    jate88
    ^ You mean going through each one and explaining first how it's a thriller and second what supernatural events occur in it?
  • December 30, 2011
    chihuahua0
    Well, not everyone, but that's what I mean.

    What else is needed before launching this?
  • December 30, 2011
    CurlyJeffers
    Sort of seems like People Sit In Chairs to me. Thrillers being supernatural is practically a default. Still, I could see it working.
  • December 30, 2011
    jate88
    ^ Not all of them do. Usually when I hear thriller I think of action movies where the badass male government agent pisses off the wrong guy and now has to rescue his family before it's too late or some person for whatever reason wants to set off a bomb in a city and now the protagonist has to race against time to find and disarm the bomb.

    Action, Horror, Scifi, and Supernatural Fiction are the most common genres thriller is combined with.
  • January 1, 2012
    jate88
    Here are explanations for some of them. I tried not to copy their entry pages word for word but I figured tvtropes was as good a place as any to figure out what supernatural activity occurs in the films.

    • In Angel Heart Rourke is hired to find a missing person but finds himself in New Orleans, multiple murders, and voodoo magic.

    • Bless The Child deals with a virgin mother and her adopted child who develops supernatural powers and is believed to be the messiah.

    • Cat People uses the theme of sexuality is dangerous by having the main character transform into a deadly panther if she's ever kissed.

    • Dark Water deals with a recently divorced mother trying to gain custody of her child. The mother moves the child into her place but trhoughout the events the film they realize the biulding is plagued with supernatural occurences.

    • Final Destination deals with a group of people who were suppose to die but didn't so death kicks it into overtime to kill them off. The targeted group have to deal with the fact that their next step could be their last.

    • Frailty stars Frenton who goes to FBI to confess about his deranged father, Paxton, killing innocent people in the name of God but is Paxton really delusional.

    • Ghost Rider is a thriller about a Bad Ass biker who deals with the forces of hell.

    • In The Haunting Of Molly Hartley Molly has to deal with the Deal With The Devil her mother made to save her life when she was younger.

    • Jacobs Ladder is about either a psychotic vietnam veteran or a vietnam veteran who is being targeted by unstoppable demons.

    • In The Ninth Gate Corso learns he's in possesion of a book that could summon the devil and has to deal with people who want that kind of power for themselves.

    • Rise Blood Hunter involves supernatural vampires and a quest for revenge.

    • Stir Of Echoes is a thriller involving psychic powers and the ghost of a murder victim.

    • What Lies Beneath is a horror-thriller about a couple who receive a devastating haunting.

  • January 1, 2012
    Specialist290
    A further subgenre within this is Religious Horror.
  • January 2, 2012
    jate88
    ^ Seems like a subgenre of Horror to me and it's mentioned in the description they often overlap.
  • January 2, 2012
    Vyctorian
    For the people sitting on chairs. We have genres for all the different fantasy's and science fictions even when the only a slight difference between them in feel. Why should this be any different, also this was created to help clear up confusion in Urban Fantasy.

    Also I will agree when most people think Thriller they think badass hero cop, Father whose lost his wife / lover / child to the mob and is going for rescue them. Ectra.
  • January 13, 2012
    chihuahua0
    What should be changed in order to get five hats?
  • January 13, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Relic could count I guess.
  • January 13, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Add more to the description, perhaps describe what types of supernatural elements you mean and that are common and what differentiates it from other genres, and add more of the examples.
  • January 16, 2012
    jate88
    Bump
  • March 24, 2012
    jate88
    bump
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