Sub-Genres

At the time of writing the sub-genre field is a free text field, open to any user input.

This page hopes to describe some of these sub-genres.

Example Entry

Each entry will appear in this format:

{Sub-Genre Name}
Related Genres - a list of genres that feed into this sub-genre
{a short description of the sub-genre and it's identifiable features}
Further reading - a link to a page or pages that explain the sub-genre in more depth
Examples - a selection of example features that fit into this sub-genre


Anime/Japanese Animation

Related Genres - Animation
A type of animation originating from Japan that can be hand-drawn or computer animated. Some forms of anime make use of stylised characters, dynamic action sequences, and fantastical elements. Anime has crossed over and has been adapted by other countries most prolifically South Korea and USA.

Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -
Film

TV

OVA (Original Video Animation)

This is effectively a straight to video anime, which has no prior screenings on TV or in cinemas. These can be multiple parts, less than an hour long or feature length. The terms OAV (Original Animated Video) and OAD (Orignal Animation DVD) are also used.

ONA (Original Net Animation)

Anime created directly for the streaming internet video market.

  • Blame! (2003)
  • Cat Shit One (2010)
  • Time of EVE (2008-2009)

For a list of Anime titles currently on Filmogs, see this page.

Black Comedy

Related Genres - Comedy
Features in this sub-genre are a focus on taboo, offensive or morbid subject matters in a comic way. This genre is distinct from the likes of "gross out comedy" in that the focus is not on bodily fluids.

Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -
Film

TV

Claymation/Clay Animation

Related Genres - Animation
A type of stop-motion animation in which each animated element in a scene is deformable. The characters, props and backgrounds are usually made from a malleable substance such as Plasticine clay.

Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -
Film

TV

  • Creature Comforts (1990, Aardman Animations)
  • Pingu (1986, Otmar Gutmann)
  • Robot Chicken (2005, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich)

For a list of Claymation titles currently on Filmogs, see this page.

Conspiracy Thriller

Related Genres - Thriller
Defined by a protagonist (usually in a journalistic role) who uncovers a vast consipracy which becomes headline news. The complexities surrouding historial fact are recast as a morality play in which bad people are the cause of bad events, and good people identify and defeat them. Features in this genres are similar to detective stories. There have also been many major teleivision series which fit into this sub-genre.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -
Film

  • JFK (1991, Oliver Stone)
  • North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)

TV

  • 24 (2001-2014, Fox)
  • Law & Order (1990-2010, Universal)
  • Prison Break (2005-2009, Fox)

Related Genres - Drama
A sub-genre usually found more commonly in the television series format than a feature film, Legal Drama's (also referred to as Courtroom Drama) focus on one or more of the following subjects: law enforcement, crime, detective-based mystery solving, lawyer work or civil litigation. This sub-genre differs from a Crime Drama as it focuses more on the legal side of the investigation and can usually feature lengthy segments set inside a courtroom.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

TV

  • Ally McBeal (1997-2002, 20th Century Fox)
  • Law & Order (1990-2010, Universal)
  • Suits (2011-present, Universal)

Police Procedural / Police Crime Drama

Related Genres - Drama
Usually reserved for the broadcast television series format, this sub-genre's defining element is to convincingly depict the activites of a police force as they investigate crimes. The method in which this is depicted usually relates directly to the country in which the film/tv series is set.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

TV

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present, CBS)
  • The Sweeney (1975-1978, ITV)
  • The Bill (1984-2010, ITV)
  • Miami Vice (1984-1989, NBC)

Political Thriller

Related Genres - Thriller
Features in this sub-genre usually focus around a political power struggle, where the story involves (various) extra-legal plots, designed to give political power to someone else, while his opponents try to stop him. The political issue can be a national or international scenario. Common themes include political corruption, terrorism and warfare. Can sometimes have some factual elements included in the story. Similar to Conspiracy Thriller.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

Film

Sex Comedy

Related Genres - Comedy
A genre of comedy motivated by sexual situations and love affairs. This genre became hugely popular in 1970s and early 80s with films like Animal House, Porky's and Carry on Emmanuelle. They underwent a renaissance in the 00s with the American Pie series of films.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

Film

TV

Sexploitation

Related Genres - Exploitation
This sub-genre of exploitation films are usually low-budget and are used as a vehicle to exhibit non-explicit sexual situations and gratuitious nudity. These features were usually shown in urban grindhouse theatres, before the introduction of adult movie theatres in the 1970s and 80s which would later host features containing hardcore content. In the UK hardcore pornography was heavily censored until the late 90s, as a result "British Sex Comedies" flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, these films featured frontal nudity and farcical scenarios.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

Spy Fiction (Spy-Fi)

Related Genres - Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller
Features in this sub-genre usually involve espionage as a plot device, inspired by rivalries and intrigues between major powers, and the establishment of modern intelligence agenices.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

Film

  • The Bourne Identity (2002, Doug Liman)
  • The Constant Gardener (2005, Fernando Meirelles)
  • The James Bond Film Series

TV

  • 24 (2001-2014, Fox)
  • Alias (2001-2006, ABC)
  • Spooks (2002-2011, BBC)
  • Homeland (2011-present, Fox)

Stoner Film

Related Genres - Comedy
Features in this sub-genre have a primary subject of cannbis usage, usually in a comic and/or positive fashion.
Further Reading - Wikipedia
Examples -

Film

TV

  • Weeds

Nazisploitation

Related Genres - Exploitation
Nazisploitation also known as Nazi exploitation involving Nazi's usally committing sex crimes. Most nazi films are filmed in Europe as part of European cinema, most of these films have been or are banned in United Kingdom due to the themes involved in the films.
Examples
Ilsa Films
Bruno Mattei Films

Teensploitation

Related Genres - Comedy
early Teensploitation films would be similar to a teen sex comedy, most of these films are sex driven but are made for teenagers they would feature drugs and alchol.
While later films would be similar to a comming of age film adding comedy and drama removing nudity and sexual scenes.

Most of these films were involved in the grindhouse / drive-in scene along with European films bein involved in Eueopean cinema.
Examples
Young & Wild 2012
Punk Love
Pick Up
pom pom girls

Pink Film

Related Genres - This encompasses everything
A Pink film (ピンク映画 Pinku eiga or Pinkeiga) is a Japanese theatrical film which deals with nudity from dramas to action thrillers and exploitation film features.
Some Pink Films can be classed "Soft Core"
Examples
Another XX Kyouai
Flesh Market 肉体の市場 Nikutai no Ichiba (Known as the first pink film)
Uncle's Paradise おじさん天国 Ojisan tengoku
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands 荒野のダッチワイフ Kōya no Datchi Waifu