A Genre is a way of separating films by putting them in different category's such as horror, comedy and action.
The advantages of having a genre is that it lets the audience know what they are going to expect by watching a film e.g. if someone was going to watch a film and they know it is horror they would instantly know what they are going to expect which is violence, blood and death. Everyone has a favorite Genre so by putting them into category's makes it easy for the audience to choose what they want to watch. A genre can also be seen as a way of working through the importance myths and fears and can also offer comforting re assurance in an uncontrollable world which is another way of saying anything can happen in a movie which can not happen in real life. This makes the audience comfortable watching the film because they know it is very unlikely to happen in real life.
The disadvantages of a genre is not always help full to the audience because not every film just has one genre like comedy, action or horror, they can be combined together which may cause confusion to the audience because people now a days would expect different from some one in the 1900's. Another disadvantage is the audience should acknowledge that the genre features will depend on the audiences own understanding and the audience should understand how a film text functions in the relation to a genre instead of being defined by them.
The genre our group has chosen is comedy/ horror. The conventions in a horror include serial killers and murders, and the conventions in a comedy include silly actions and humor. When watching a comedy and horror film the audience would expect to see some horror with blood, death and violence but not that scary to scare the audience so they may not want to watch it like a normal horror would. A comedy and horror would do it in a hysterical way which would make the audience laugh. For example in the film scary movie the killer murders people in a hysterical way which you wouldn't expect to see in a normal horror film. The killers costume isn't as scary as you would expect. This is because the producers didn't want the audience to be really scared, they wanted the audience to feel comfortable watching it so they mixed horror and comedy together.