The “Psychological Thriller” is a genre that interests me in due part to the many different aspects in dealing with symbolism. For instance, usually the main character will have many interesting character traits, such as that of a Norman Bates or The Joker from Batman. There is usually an issue with identity wherein the main character or supporting characters reach a climatic arch which turns into a complete 180 degree turn from the character they were perceived to be. As far as plot, there is usually a ‘twist’ in the ending like many of M. Night Shyamalan films such as The Village and Sixth Sense. The lighting will usually contain harsh shadows or gritty backdrops to symbolize some sort of psychological analogy. The orks of director, David Lynch are quite interesting in terms of ho he creates his stories to puzzle not just the viewer but also the characters within the story to try and figure out hat is real and hat is not real within the story. And of course, “the master of suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock with numerous stories with heavy emphasis on psychoanalysis and psychological resistance lead to violence. Hitchcock’s 1940 film, “Rebecca” is the ultimate character study on psychoanalysis in which a young woman marries a rich widower and discovers that the first wife (Rebecca) has a psychological hold on her husband and the staff of their mansion. Martin Scorsese is another director that comes to mind with films such as Taxi Driver and Cape Fear, in which the main characters posses an inner-conflict that prevents them from being able to function normally within the world; these conflicts often lead to self-destruction, violence or deceit upon others. Another literary device commonly used in Psychological dramas is a voiceover narrative that tries to manifest a stream of consciousness laid out by the character; this practice can be done with dialogue, visuals, sound or intricate p.o.v. shots. The backstory of many psychological dramas is what adds multiple layes to the plot and deepens the reasoning behind the story. For instance, in Psycho at the end of the film, the detectives basically explain Norman Bates’ entire backstory, thus giving us a broader perspective to why and how he was capable of performing the acts of violence. In the 1995 David Fincher film, Se7en, as the story unfolds we come to find that the modus operandi performed by sadistic serial killer, John Doe (Kevin Spacey) is in fact the orchestration of a killing spree modeled after the Seven Deadly Sins. By the end of the film, the odd behavior and self-gratifying sociopathic character traits performed by Spacey help us to tie everything together with a looper of an ending.