Category Archives: Thriller

This Is How the Team Behind The Taking of Pelham 123 Made a Realistic Thriller: What You Need to Know

This Is How the Team Behind The Taking of Pelham 123 Made a Realistic Thriller: What You Need to Know

The Taking of Pelham 123, released in 2009, is an adaptation of a novel that had previously been adapted for both the small and big screen. The filmmakers behind the project kept the story fresh by exploring how new technologies would impact the narrative. The fact of the matter is, the characters (both the antagonists… Read More…

Why Act of Valor Is So Realistic: What You Need to Know

Why Act of Valor Is So Realistic: What You Need to Know

Act of Valor is a unique action war film. That’s because it’s much more realistic than most other movies in the genre. The film came about when its directors, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, made a brief promotional video for the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC), who are responsible for delivering Navy SEALs… Read More…

This Is How The Kingdom Balances Thrills and Realism

This Is How The Kingdom Balances Thrills and Realism

The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller that manages to be entertaining while also tackling serious topics in a fairly realistic way. It’s easier to understand how the filmmakers behind the project achieved this perfect balance when you study certain key details from the production. When making a movie (even a fictional one) about the… Read More…

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

Oculus, released in 2013, is one of the most impressive and effective horror films of the last decade. However, the story behind its development is nearly as interesting as the movie itself. Like many major Hollywood movies, Oculus is based on a pre-existing work, but the source material for this film is unique. Essentially, Oculus… Read More…

This Is What You Need to Know about the Making of MacGruber

This Is What You Need to Know about the Making of MacGruber

Over the years, there have been a number of funny recurring characters on Saturday Night Live. That’s why it’s interesting to learn how some of them have managed to transition to the big screen. For example, MacGruber, based on the SNL character of the same name (which lampooned the television show MacGyver), had surprisingly humble… Read More…

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

In Hollywood, it’s no secret that many major  productions evolve before they actually reach the big screen. It’s not uncommon for the final shooting script to be dramatically different from the original script that was written. Often, those changes are significant, even if the average filmgoer doesn’t know about them. Salt, the 2010 action thriller… Read More…

This Is How the Team behind Out of the Furnace Made a Shockingly Authentic Film

This Is How the Team behind Out of the Furnace Made a Shockingly Authentic Film

Out of the Furnace, released in 2013, is much more than a typical Hollywood revenge thriller. Although the story does involve a young man (played by Christian Bale) avenging his brother’s (Casey Affleck) murder, it has much more to say than viewers might expect from that basic summary. Out of the Furnace works because its… Read More…