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As viewers or readers, we expect certain conventions in every genre and are disappointed, angry, or confused when these expectation are not met.  For example, think about horror movies - what type of lighting would you expect? Are there any predictable characters you would expect to run into?  Is there a certain type of setting?

What defines the genre selected by your group?

The conventions?

The history?

What is the earliest example of a film in this genre? How or why did this form emerge?  What was the public reaction?

What other two films are examples of this genre in its later development? 

How do the films compare/contrast?

What director, actor, writer, or together artist is associated with this genre?

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