As I have textual analysed the opening credits to some crime thriller films; which my group’s idea evolves around a girl who is acting mysterious about several crime cases by plotting victims on a board on her room, we have therefore decided to categorise our opening title sequence as a Crime Thriller. But this is not just the only reason why we want our opening credits to be a crime-thriller, as I will go into more depth in this blog post.

Out of the ten opening credits I textually analysed, four of them are classified as Crime-Thrillers, such as:

The above trailer for the 1991 film “Cape Fear” exhibits the conventions of ……..

Whereas the opening credits, (see my other post on the textual analysis of Cape Fear), reveals very little detail about the film being categorised as a crime thriller because it repeats different images being superimposed over water, which this includes the male character being seen as a target to the possible antagonist of the film. Therefore, this crime thriller questions theorist Levi Strauss’ idea of binary opposition as it draws upon the concept of police vs criminals not actually existing in terms of this film.


Hostage is another Crime thriller film, released in 2005 which reveals a man in the police force who is being blackmailed by the antagonist of the film to get him what he wants or he will harm the police officer’s family.

The conventions of the crime genre explored in the opening credits is of police, a urban/city setting, a prison as a potential set location, guns and/or weaponry.


Next, the film I have previously textually analysed is the 1995 film “Se7en”; after watching the trailer the conventions of this being a crime thriller include:

Police investigations involving the character roles of detectives and inspectors
The plot is of these particular characters trying to catch a criminal
As the film follows the police who are trying to find the criminal who is murdering those that have committed sins, which the audience never see the antagonist in the trailer of the film.
However, in the opening credits, the audience gain the impression that they are watching the potential antagonist of the film through the way in which the mise-en-scene indicates the character creating something without seeing in too much detail who exactly they are; creating a sense of mystery.


Moving onto “Enemy Of The State” which is another Crime Thriller that displays the similar conventions of an urban city as the setting/location, car chase between a criminal and the police, several people committing crimes, and violence in it’s trailer and opening credits.

Overall, after watching the opening title sequences of crime-thrillers and their trailers, which uncover a variety of conventions that I have explored in this blog post, enables me to consider these as elements that define that particular film as a Crime-thriller. This means that our group would most likely have to use these key conventions to establish our opening credits for our chosen sub-genre being a crime thriller.