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    A thriller definitely does NOT need a weapon. Its a handy fall back in a short however when theres limited time to get attention and play things out.

    Does that weapon represent merely a weapon though? Can it symbolise something entirely different?
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    My little bro wanted to say that if yer gonna use a gun, make it an AK-47


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    Everything's better with an AK-47.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince K View Post
    can you give an example of how a weapon is used as a crutch??
    Easy. Movies where people are constantly shooting at each other but you know the good guy is never in any real danger. The guns are just 'there'. Something to create a sense of danger but it takes more than that to branch into thriller.

    But then there's the game in Deer Hunter. Then tension comes from more than just the gun. It's the acting and writing that really sells it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Evans View Post
    A thriller definitely does NOT need a weapon. Its a handy fall back in a short however when theres limited time to get attention and play things out.
    Good point. Time is a luxury we don't have in these fests.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gohanto View Post
    Just have Chuck Norris chasing someone. No weapons needed.
    Chuck Norris in a thriller with Arnold Swartzineger now that sounds like a blockbuster waiting to be made.


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    No weapons, no monsters. Creating suspence without these makes it very physiological and intimate. Being scared without being forced into that state seems frightening in itself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Anthony Horrigan View Post
    Easy. Movies where people are constantly shooting at each other but you know the good guy is never in any real danger. The guns are just 'there'. Something to create a sense of danger but it takes more than that to branch into thriller.

    But then there's the game in Deer Hunter. Then tension comes from more than just the gun. It's the acting and writing that really sells it.

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    I couldn't agree more. Well said.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince K View Post
    can you give an example of how a weapon is used as a crutch??

    what if there is a weapon, but it's never seen?
    Phone Booth, take away the gun the snipper has and film becomes a joke. The only thing keeping the main character in the tense situation is the gun and it is hardly ever seen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by filmcritic View Post
    Phone Booth, take away the gun the snipper has and film becomes a joke. The only thing keeping the main character in the tense situation is the gun and it is hardly ever seen.
    A real snipper doesn't need a gun.


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