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TLDR: A "Soap" is a serialized show that's about ordinary people having interpersonal drama. There's not a high concept, story arc, external villains, or greater purpose. Don't confuse "serialized" and "soap opera". Not Serialized What serialization isn't: From the 1960s to 1990s, in the vast majority of TV shows, every episode ...


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According to the film's director Henry Selick, it's supposed to be a Halloween Movie. According to The Daily Mail Henry Selick, 64, who directed the 1993 film recently spoke about its themes at a Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado. He was asked whether the film is a Halloween or Christmas movie. Henry explained that, while Christmas ...


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As Nuclear noted in the comments, the idea of never naming your main character(s) is more of an aesthetic choice - a detail. The best term to use, I think, would be to call it a trope. In fact, TV Tropes calls this the "No Name Given" trope. (Standard disclaimer regarding people having lost hours of their lives to the TV Tropes website. It's ...


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We can take the director's (Henry Selick) own word on this. From dailymail.co.uk During the Q&A a little girl asked the director whether the animated film was a Christmas or Halloween movie, according to Hypable, to which he said 'Oh boy. It's a Halloween movie.' Henry then went on to explain that while Christmas plays a factor in the story, at the end ...


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2 different terms cover it. Docufiction: is the cinematographic combination of documentary and fiction, this term often meaning narrative film. It is a film genre which attempts to capture reality such as it is (as direct cinema or cinéma vérité) and which simultaneously introduces unreal elements or fictional situations in narrative in order to strengthen ...


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According to IMDB, the movie's original US release was in time for Halloween (29 October 1993), as were its re-releases.


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From an interview (July 2013) with creator Jonathan Nolan: ... A lot of people who don't watch the show think of it as a kind of crime procedural, but we really think of it of it as a science fiction show. We think of it as a genre show, there is a lot of comic book mythos woven into it... From another interview (October 2013, shorty after the start of ...


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No Horror does not require supernatural elements. The Horror genre is defined by the deliberate attempt to invoke a phychological reaction of terror, fear, shock and revulsion in the audience. It is not a requirement that it has a supernatural element. It does overlap with the Thriller genre, which is more intended to impart excitement through the use of ...


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Wikipedia's definition of soap opera is obviously flawed. If it was a perfect definition of soap opera you wouldn't have any questions about which shows are soap opera and which are not. Of course, it's much easier to see that a definition is flawed than to to come up with a better definition and very hard to come up with a flawless definition (or to be ...


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The term you may be looking for is "Excuse Plot". TV Tropes (obligatory warning: it's highly addictive!) describes the concept thusly: An Excuse Plot is, in the simplest terms, a plot that is clearly there merely as a justification for the gameplay, or other form of flashy, show-offy-ness, to happen. [...] An Excuse Plot is not necessarily a poorly ...


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Your observation is correct: "thriller" and "horror" are often thinly separated in the already vague world of film taxonomy. There isn't really One True criterion for distinguishing the two. That said, there are genres, and the thriller and horror genres can be seen, Venn diagram-style, as not completely overlapping. Check out the Wikipedia entry for ...


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I wouldn't say there's anyone who specifically sets a genre for a movie as some sort of official thing. The studio will likely describe the movie one way, but writers and magazines and websites may use different or even additional descriptors. One thing you have to remember with websites is their primary motive in anything is to drive traffic to their site. ...


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I asked a similar question myself a few years ago because it didn't make sense to me. One of my favorite old shows was simply called "Soap", and as a young kid, I didn't get the joke. The term "soap" comes from the fact that many shows in the golden age of television were, in fact, sponsored by soap and detergent manufacturers. Many of the original shows ...


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There is such a genre: it is called a drama. The widely used symbol is a laughing face and a weeping face: Since 100% sad movies have very limited appeal, there is little popular demand for them. An audience which is made to feel a progression of happiness and sadness covers far more emotional ground and is a more fulfilling experience—in some ways ...


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According to Wikipedia, it's considered a horror film. The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick[7] and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film) However, many consider the film a psychological-thriller or ...


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To give an idea of the problems inherent in your question, consider this awesome graph from Horror Screen: That is their categorisation of horror. Using their terminology, you could argue that anything in green or blue is supernatural whilst anything yellow, black or red is non-supernatural. Of course, you could have a torturous zombie film, but they would ...


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In the UK the term "soap" is usually used to refer to TV fictional dramas that broadcast new episodes regularly, without a break, featuring recurring characters and on-going plots. Broadcasts are usually made more than once a week, often daily. Less than once a week would probably not be considered a soap. Any show that has series or significant gaps in its ...


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If you're looking for a word to use to describe a sad movie or set of movies, the one that I found most suitable was "tearjerker."


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Source Wiki: Many writers may refer to any film that is "long" (over two hours) as an epic. But mainly epic came from poetic genre Source Wiki: When described as "epic" because of content, an epic movie is often set during a time of war or other societal crisis, while usually covering a longer span of time sometimes throughout entire generations ...


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Situational Comedy A sitcom, short for "situation comedy", is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms ...


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Film genres can be categorized according to the setting of the film. Often, the genre of a movie is obvious. Can anyone argue Titanic is an comic movie, or Saw is a romantic movie? It's universal, Titanic is a romantic movie and Saw is a horror movie. So no one does really decide; because subconsciously, we, people or critics, categorise film genres in 4 ...


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I think an interesting example in this regard might be Baywatch Nights, which was basically a detective crime show, with Mitch Buchannon opening a private investigation agency. I would call this quite a contrast to the rather soap-opera-like lifeguard drama of the original Baywatch this was a spin-off to. And if this wasn't enough, the whole concept of ...


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This thread gives some examples, including the following: Lou Grant was a drama that spun off from the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (this was already mentioned in an answer by Walt) The Perry Mason radio show was a soap opera/drama that spawned two TV series. The Edge of Night came first and was a soap opera/drama. A year later came Perry Mason, which ...


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Epics are often defined not in terms of length, but in terms of plot - an epic typically is about an Epic Hero that encounters adversity and must overcome it. In this sense, a lot of works in many different media are considered epics - works all the way from Gilgamesh to Beowulf to Star Wars have been considered epics.


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The book series you reference is called "Choose Your Own Adventure". It appears the waters are being tested with a movie called "Late Shift" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-ca-hc-the-player-late-shift-20160501-story.html Early in the film "Late Shift," Matt, a student on his way to a night job, faces an ...


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Lynch himself, as I see it, takes great pride in the fact that his films are not of specific genre. In many interviews[1] he implies that not only the meaning of his films are up to the interpretation of the viewers, but probably the genre also. It depends on the meaning that you, as a viewer, give to the scenes you see in his pictures, to interpret whether ...


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It's called an alter ego Not a genre, it's called an alter ego (Latin for "other I") means alternate self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or true original personality.


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Yes. Off the top of my head, Lou Grant from 1977 was a drama series, yet it was a spin-off of the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. [And dang it, I was going to mention Baywatch Nights too! ;)] It also worked the other way in the more obscure example of Beverly Hills Buntz, an NBC comedy with Denis Frantz that ran for one season in the late 80s and was a ...


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The film style of Jackie Chan movies is "Hong Kong Action Cinema". While Jackie's style is unique, others of the same time era feature the same techniques of Peking Opera influenced acrobatics, Kung Fu, and slapstick. My understanding is that this style of film was specific to Hong Kong and distinct from Mainland Chinese films of the time.


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