Re: RARA-AVIS: Jim D's definition of Thriller

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 02 Feb 2009

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    Sonny wrote:

    "shooting you now would be less, uh, thrilling, than the possibility of you being shot, or not, at any point in the future."

    That sounds very similar to Hitchcock's "Bomb Theory," here summarized by Roger Ebert:

    "Hitchcock long ago explained the difference between surprise and suspense. A bomb under a table goes off, and that's surprise. We know the bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, and that's suspense."


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