Genre can be a double-edged sword for any filmmaker.
On the upside, knowing the genre of your story can help you figure out a character, fix a plot that doesn’t hang together or just simply provide you with inspiration. On the downside, you can quickly get stuck in the codes and conventions of that genre, which can lend your film a formulaic, unoriginal feel, however brilliant your idea was.
So how do you figure out how to negotiate that fine line? How do you poke fun at, or pay homage to a genre and make a success out of it? Let’s have a look at how these films did it.
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