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Writing the Thriller Film: The Terror within (Michael Wiese Productions) Paperback – 3 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941188469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941188463
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've ever fought back a mini-psychotic break while scrambling through the warehouse of videos at your local rental outlet in search of a particular movie, or even tried to locate a film by category in the massive Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), you know how aggravating a lack of standard organization for film genres can be. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luis on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Hello. This is an excellent book if what you're looking for is a book that goes straight to the point. I mean it doesn't have any unnecessary information. Some other books go round and round getting nowhere and you may end up feeling like having been almost ripped off. In this book all pages within are necessary to learn, and they should be reviewed over and over again, watching, at the same time, the movies he makes references to, like Coma, Marathon Man, The Three Days of Condor, etc. I thik it's really helpful. Yet, the weak point is, in my opinion, that it should be larger. It's a pity that such a master as Mr. Hicks doesn't deepen a bit more, taking it to the limit. It would be great to read a book written by him analzying movies/scripts in more detail. I'm already looking forward to it Mr. Hicks...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Barbara Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book to help me with my current script. I thought I was writing a thriller, but after reading it, I have discovered that I am really writing a horror story! At last, someone has finally dissected what a thriller IS and ISN'T. I need to see the RULES, and they are all here. Now I understand the genre. Mr. Hicks has done an outstanding job by explaining what it is and how to do it. His screenplay excerpts are excellent. I'm going to rent "Breakdown" this weekend and study the form.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What the movie genre of the "thriller" expects 14 Nov. 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Writing The Thriller Film: The Terror Within by professional screenwriter Neill D. Hicks ("Rumble in the Bronx", "First Strike") is a practical guide to creating a professional quality, tension-inducing, commercially viable movie script. Intended for authors who are already familiar with the basics of screenwriting, Writing The Thriller Film concentrates on what the movie genre of the "thriller" expects from a good script, how to make the narrative credible and engrossing, the qualities and actions needed for an engaging conflict between protagonist and antagonist, dramatic action as hard choices forced upon the characters, and more. Writing The Thriller Film explores the much-beloved genre in-depth and is an excellent and recommended primer for aspiring thriller and action movie screenwriters. Also highly recommended are Neill Hicks two other outstanding "how to" screenwriting instructionals: Writing the Action-Adventure Film: The Moment Of Truth (0941188396...), and Screenwriting 101: The Essential Craft Of Feature Film Writing (0941188728;...).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Terrific Book -- A Must-Have 10 Sept. 2004
By John Gaspard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, a disclaimer: Hicks and I share a publisher (Michael Wiese Productions) but we've never met. That being said, this is a terrific book. Hicks clearly lays out the elements necessary to create a tight, emotionally-satisfying thriller. He outlines the narrative structure of a solid thriller in clear, helpful language, and goes on to explain the characteristics of a strong protagonist and antagonist. He also offers an explanation of the differences between an action film, a detective film, a horror film and a thriller -- and he provides examples and script excerpts from great thrillers (such as North By Northwest and Breakdown) to demonstrate his ideas. If you want to write a thriller script, or just get a better idea of what it takes to create and structure a solid thriller, this is the book for you.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The BEST there is on the Thiller genre 31 Mar. 2005
By Gary Shunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Neill Hicks is a GENRE-OLOGIST of the highest degree. The author takes you on a tightly writtern journey into the conventions and principles of the Thriller genre. Just like a well told story, this non-fiction delight will have you saying "Oh Yeah, that's right" over and over. I have returned to his chapter "Character Ethos" multiple times, finding more depth in each reading. Even if you don't want to write a Thriller, this work will help you grasp the nuances of genre in general. Written with authority and humor, I highly recommend this book.
50% great and that's enough 4 Dec. 2006
By Sean Devereaux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Using several, although repetitive, examples from various films, Hicks clearly defines a thriller film. This alone is worth the price. The word thriller is so often thrown around these days, that it's true form is very hard to find. After reading his book, I realized I wasn't writing a thriller at all. Very key information that helped me solve a few holes.

Upon completion you will clearly understand the thriller genre and be able to explain it to others. As far as helping you write a thriller film goes, well isn't defining the genre necessary before writing it? A worthy purchase.
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