21 Jul 2017

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Willow (1988)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?

Willow (1988) is the a family-friendly high fantasy film about Willow, the member of a race of little people who tries to get the baby, Elora Danan, to someone to look after her, little knowing she is prophecised to bring about the death of the evil Queen Bavmorda.

The following analysis may contain spoilers for

WILLOW (1988)

13 Jul 2017

SLASHER FILM RULES - Analysis: List 3

Films have formulas and rules, but how well do films follow those formulas?

Although I'm calling these Slasher Film Rules, they can apply to a range of horror sub-genres.

Ten films were tested:

The previous 20 films looked at were:

Of course, these films say nothing about the genre as a whole.  Certainly things can be said about the films, though.  They are usually bigger name films, smaller low-budget or less successful films may rely on the rules more.   One is a post-modern film in which the characters know the rules.  About half may not be purely "slasher" films and may not need to follow the rules.

6 Jul 2017


Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?

Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)

  • Adaptations - Films based on plays, books, comics, etc.  [Educating Rita]
  • Art House films - Arty and independent films outside the mainstream.  [Better than Chocolate]
  • Beach Party films - Films from the Beach Party film series and similar films.  [Muscle Beach Party]
  • Christian films - Films created for a Christian audience.  [God's Not Dead]
  • Dogme '95 films - Films that follow the Dogme '95 rules.  [The Idiots]
  • German Expressionism movement - Dark films from the German in the 1910s - 1930s. [Metropolis]
  • Italian Neo-Realism - Italian films from WWII and the post-WWII period dealing with poverty and injustice. [The Bicycle Thief]
  • "Road to..." film series - Films from the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope film series.  [Road to Morocco]
  • Road Trip films - Films about people traveling across country.  [Something Wild]
  • British New Wave Social Realism - Films about the working class struggle in a declining economic structure.  [Raining Stones]