5 Films that Challenged Genre Tropes

Anushka Halve

Get Out (2017)

Directed by Jordan Peele, this horror film tackles racial issues in a unique and thought-provoking way, challenging the typical horror genre by incorporating social commentary and psychological depth.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

A post-apocalyptic action film that breaks away from the traditional male-dominated narrative of the genre. Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron), takes charge and leads the rebellion against a tyrannical leader.

Moonlight (2016)

This coming-of-age drama challenges the stereotypes of masculinity, particularly within the Black community. By exploring themes of sexuality, identity, and vulnerability, the film challenges the traditional macho ideals often depicted in films.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

This horror-comedy deconstructs and satirizes the typical tropes found in the slasher genre – by revealing the manipulation of the characters' fates and mocking and dissecting the genre's conventions.

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Parasite (2019)

Bong Joon-ho’s award winning film challenges genre conventions by seamlessly blending multiple genres, including comedy, drama, thriller, and social satire. Blurring the traditional boundaries between genres, the film subverts audience expectations.

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