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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 starts the same, and ...


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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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"Drama" is usually meant to indicate fiction. I've generally understood historical/period drama as: Historical drama - a drama based on historical events Period drama - a drama based in a particular time or period, not obviously based on real events So, The Crown would be a historical drama Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen ...


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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 like the ...


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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 ...


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The short answer, quoted from Wikipedia, is as follows Spaghetti Western, also known as Italian Western, is a broad sub-genre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's film-making style and international box-office success. The term was used by critics in USA and other countries because most of these Westerns ...


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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 ...


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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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Black Comedy and Satire are not quite two forms of the same thing. Satire is not always funny and is used to convey a message on a topic, while Black Comedy can be a part of a Satirical message. If you are familiar at all with the movie M*A*S*H, it is a black comedy about the Korean War. The Television series of the same name that spawned from that movie ...


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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 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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No, I would not classify B-Movie as a genre. The name came from the fact that it used to be the second movie of a double-bill, and was usually low budget and shorter than the other. Nowadays we think of a B-Movie in a broader sense of being a low budget commercial movie, and has some overlap with Exploitation movies, but they can cover multiple genres ...


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The answer is hyperlink cinema . Here is the link of movies at imdb . It is exactly defined as hyperlink cinema as films where the characters or action reside in separate stories, but a connection or influence between those disparate stories is slowly revealed to the audience I got the answer from ankit's link though.


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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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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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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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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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It's a bit more of a buzzword rather than a formal genre, but I think what you are looking for is techno-thriller: Techno-thrillers (or technothrillers) are a hybrid genre, drawing subject matter generally from science fiction, thrillers, spy, action and war. They include a disproportionate amount (relative to other genres) of technical details on its ...


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It might help to not think of black comedy as being defined as being humor about "cannibalism, rape, genocide, terminal illnesses," but rather to think of it as gallows humor. Gallows humor is, loosely, defined as humor in the face of impossible situations. The most famous historical example is probably Oscar Wilde, on his death bed, saying "either that ...


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A cult film has cult following, and a film will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fan base. eg.- Fight Club, Memento, Rounders etc. These movies were not commercial success, but their fan base is very passionate about them. Though it is not necessary for a cult movie to receive critical and commercial acclaim, ...


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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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Many reviews are calling this a black comedy or dark comedy, which is comedy that makes light of a serious subject or a comedy with gloomy or disturbing elements. If this film was just a drama, it would be a serious depiction of four girls going on spring break and the tragedy that unfolded when they got mixed up with a gangster. Instead, there are pink ski ...


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These kind of films are called Anthology film. From Wikipedia: An anthology film (also known as an omnibus film, package film, or portmanteau film) is a subgenre of films consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme, premise, or brief interlocking event (often a turning point). Sometimes each one is directed by ...


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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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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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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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