Thrillers Quotes

Thrillers Quotes by Elie Wiesel, Cecile de France, Sara Shepard, Julianna Baggott, Emraan Hashmi, Emmanuelle Vaugier and many others.

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Elie Wiesel
I prefer thrillers but when it’s thriller/horror, I like it. The gore is not very important to me, I prefer suspense. But I like dark films.
Cecile de France
I think I’ll stick with psychological thrillers.
Sara Shepard
The intricacy of plotting a thriller is akin to writing formal poetry.
Julianna Baggott
After I tasted success with erotic thrillers, a time came when I was being offered only films belonging to that genre. The industry loves repeating a success formula, and the audience had formed a certain image of mine in their minds.
Emraan Hashmi
Horror movies have never been my thing. I love psychological thrillers like The Exorcist, The Shining, even though they scare the living daylights out of me.
Emmanuelle Vaugier
I love adult thrillers and murder mysteries and everything like that.
Lana Condor
I like a lot of documentaries, I like political movies and political thrillers. But I also like a good action movie. I like a pretty wide range.
John Legend
An astonishing debut. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written, Stuart Neville’s THE TWELVE is both a heart-pounding thriller and a stunning examination of responsibility and revenge. He is going to be a major new voice in suspense fiction.
Jeff Abbott
Thrillers excite me as an actor and I have always wanted to be a part of one.
Koel Mallick
I define a thriller as a big-stakes, multiple-viewpoint novel involving suspense, action, and mystery, in which the reader doesn’t know everything but usually knows more than any single character.
F. Paul Wilson
When I was a kid, I was into psychological thrillers. When I was 12, my favorite movie was ‘Thirteen.’ I just really liked movies that showed an extreme range in acting. That’s what made me want to become an actress.
Leven Rambin
The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
Ken Follett
Police thrillers are so widely read and police dramas so commonplace on television that many people think they have a good understanding of what a cop’s world is like. But in truth that world is seldom revealed with anything approaching verisimilitude. We get it with The Wagon.
Daniel Horan
The thriller genre in general, it’s total foreign ground for me.
Katie Aselton
I grew up on genre – on Westerns, spy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy novels, horror novels. Especially horror novels.
Benjamin Percy
The action movie, the thriller and the drama all have safety nets under them. But not the horror film. The horror film can sink to an abyss far darker than the imagination can ever reach.
Marcus Dunstan
I would like it to be said that I was a good writer of detective and thriller stories.
Agatha Christie
The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure.
Lee Child
The book I always say that influenced me, subconsciously, because at the time I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer, was William Goldman’s ‘Marathon Man.’ That was the first adult thriller that I loved. I read it when I was 15 or so, when my father gave it to me.
Harlan Coben
Mysteries include so many things: the noir novel, espionage novel, private eye novels, thrillers, police procedurals. But the pure detective story is where there’s a detective and a criminal who’s committed a murder and leaves clues for the detective and the careful reader to find.
Otto Penzler
I’d been a thriller reader all my life.
Lee Child
I would love a little bit of a change. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work so much, particularly in the horror-thriller genre, but I would love to be able to do something perhaps a little more dramatic or even a romantic comedy.
Danielle Panabaker
Vera Caspary wrote thrillers – but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her specialty was a specific type that she pioneered – the psycho thriller.
M. J. Rose
I think fantasy thrillers excite audiences as, inherently, people have a fascination for the unknown and the unexplained.
Krystle D’Souza
In a thriller, the camera’s an active narrator, or can be.
John McTiernan
When I made ‘Chocolate,’ no one had made suspense thrillers for a long time.
Vivek Agnihotri
I’m a fan of the European style, naturalistic thriller.
George Ratliff
Once you achieve success, you are consumed by the fear of living up to it. Which is why many directors stick to tried and tested fare. But, I made films on village subjects, love stories, movies with students as focus, crime thrillers… it was very satisfying.
I was never a big fan of horror. I got into it making these films, but I don’t ever see myself doing slasher movies. The kind of horror film I like is The Shining. I don’t really like slashers, but I love thrillers with tension.
Caity Lotz
If you’re going to write thrillers, you have to make a decision if you are going to be realistic or go off and over.
Karin Slaughter
I love all kinds of stuff. I really am so eclectic in my taste. I love film noir, I love thrillers, and I love big blockbuster popcorn cinema stuff, but I like it when it’s twinged with a bit more social consciousness.
David Harbour
A good writer can set a thriller anywhere and make it convincing: the trick is to evoke the setting in such a way that it highlights the crime or unsettles the reader.
Garry Disher
I have lots of records, quite a collection, actually, that I stole from my mom. I have the original ‘Thriller’ album and I have a really great ‘Elton John’s Greatest Hits,’ and I also have a N.E.R.D. album. Records sound more original. They have more edge.
Elisha Cuthbert
I don’t read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don’t read self-help books because I don’t believe in shortcuts and loopholes.
Isabel Allende
I love thrillers, and I always have.
Kenneth Branagh
Ironically, I wouldn’t say I’m a massive horror fan. I love thrillers.
Carlton Cuse
I think it is immensely difficult to get the U.S. interested in non-U.S. topics. I dont think this is because the average American reader is disinterested, but more because of publishers playing it safe: if a thriller based in L.A. is a sure winner, why spend money plugging one based in Paris – or Bangkok?
John Burdett
I’ve just done a film in the United States. It’s a thriller called ‘A Crime’, with Harvey Keitel, we play against each other, and it’s so great to play in another language. But I’m definitely not American.
Emmanuelle Beart
I’m writing a film called ‘Bug.’ It’s an original script, and it’s not about killer insects. It’s a thriller set in a high school. The bug of the title refers to a surveillance device.
Wes Craven
I’d love to do a sci-fi movie, a western, or an espionage thriller. But I’m not going to limit myself. If a good script comes along, I’m not going to discount it because it doesn’t fit into one of these genres.
Park Chan-wook
A DARK MATTER is a page-turning thriller of every sort: psychological, sociological, epistemological . Plus, it’s really scary.
Lorrie Moore
The audience simply don’t find a heroine picking a fight with 10 guys as convincing as a hero. So the industry always sticks to psychological thrillers and ghost movies for heroine-oriented projects and this can sustain only for a short time.
When you make a thriller/horror, darkness is [your] friend, because it lets the imagination go wild and what not. So you always end up going into darkness.
Jaume Collet-Serra
My intent is not to inflame Muslims but to entertain readers of great thrillers. At the end of the day, I want people to see a good protagonist struggle against serious odds and do so with courage and honor and integrity.
Brad Thor
I write what I want to write. Period. I don’t write novels-for-hire using media tie-in characters, I don’t write suspense novels or thrillers. I write horror. And if no one wants to buy my books, I’ll just keep writing them until they do sell–and get a job at Taco Bell in the meantime.
Bentley Little
I love thrillers.
James Murray
Entourage [movie] really is established as a genre unto itself, much like the thriller or the horror movie or the comedy. And those things trend.
Ryan Reynolds
The horror genre is probably my favorite genre along with psychological thrillers.
All the plays that have ever been written, from ancient Greece to the present day, have never really been anything but thrillers… Drama’s always been realistic and there’s always been a detective about… Every play’s an investigation brought to a successful conclusion.
Eugene Ionesco
I grew up reading thrillers. Honestly, I was always drawn to the very detailed ones like Patricia Cornwell. I love details.
Karin Slaughter
As a filmmaker, I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of movie. After ‘Headhunters,’ I went to Hollywood and read a lot of scripts: lots of action thrillers and heist movies, and superhero films.
Morten Tyldum
I’m actually a very dark person, so I really want to get into some really dark roles, maybe some thrillers. I’ve never done one of those, so I think I’d really want to get into that, but definitely something that would get lots of people talking.
Cierra Ramirez
I read Freud because I find him an excellent writer… a writer of police thrillers that can be followed with great passion.
Italo Calvino
I read nonfiction almost exclusively – both for research and also for pleasure. When I read fiction, it’s almost always in the thriller genre, and it needs to rivet me in the opening few chapters.
Dan Brown
Zombies don’t run. They don’t dance. They don’t say, “More brains.” There is no Thriller Night. Those are stereotypes that are perpetrated by Hollywood, which I think is very irresponsible because it can get you killed.
Max Brooks
I’ve always had a great affection for espionage stories. I like weaving them, and I like thrillers.
Terry Hayes
My first obligation is to entertain but as far as science fiction goes, it’s much easier to comment on today from another time because people then aren’t focused on ‘did you get the details right?’ It’s sort of a Trojan horse approach to ideas because it’s wrapped in the future, it’s wrapped in action, thriller.
Andrew Niccol
I was never a big fan of horror. I got into it making these films, but I don’t ever see myself doing slasher movies. The kind of horror film I like is ‘The Shining.’ I don’t really like slashers, but I love thrillers with tension.
Caity Lotz
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
Muhammad Ali
For me, the social thriller is the thriller in which the fears, the horrors, and the thrills are coming from society. They’re coming from the way humans interact.
Jordan Peele
When I was growing up, my idea of a writer was someone like Sven Hassel, that mysterious Danish author who wrote thrillers about men clambering over walls and getting tangled in barbed wire.
Andrew O’Hagan
It’s always been the genres that fascinated me. I think great action movies and great thrillers are transformative.
Aisha Tyler
The most satisfying thrillers send ordinary people into battle against the forces of evil – otherwise known as greed, ego, rage, fear and laziness – and bring them out bloodied but whole.
M. J. Rose
There could be great thrillers or great dramas or great comedies made in that world but everyone’s afraid of it. So you have to do them as these crazy little independent movies.
George Ratliff
I’m not interested in parts where they are looking for a good-looking guy. I want to be a weird little sidekick in a crazy comedy and then play like a dark drama or a thriller.
Alexander Skarsgard
A lot of locked-room mysteries take time for you to pay attention and see the setup. They aren’t thrillers, and they don’t move along. The modern mystery story is really faster-paced, and I think modern readers tend to prefer seeing something happening on every other page.
Otto Penzler
‘Good as Gone’ goes from zero to 60 in under six seconds and never lets off the gas! If you like your thrillers filled with nonstop action in a race against time through Europe’s underbelly, hop in and take a ride.
Andrew Gross
Many people, I’ve noticed by informally polling friends, are prone to distinguishing a beach read by genre. Some people thought all thrillers are beach reads; others thought all romances are. Some people thought only mass market paperbacks are eligible for beach read standards.
Michelle Dean
Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are.
Graham Greene
I have never written a book that I wouldn’t want to read. The trouble is, I love to read horror, sf, fantasy, mysteries, hero pulps – romantic fiction, in the original, traditional meaning of that term, as opposed to mimetic fiction. But most of all, I love thrillers.
F. Paul Wilson
For those who resist the notion that the mainstream is a genre, we recommend that they browse the shelves of their local bookstore. For if the mainstream is not a genre, then it must necessarily embrace all kinds of writing: romance, adventure, horror, thriller, crime, and, yes, science fiction.
James Patrick Kelly
The main question raised by the thriller is not what kind of world we live in, or what reality is like, but what it has done to us.
Ralph Harper
I like to read all kinds of books ranging from spiritual, philosophical, to best-sellers and crime thrillers.
Mukul Dev
It’s interesting how thrillers reflect the times we live in.
Peter Hitchens
I was a bit of a delinquent growing up, a very poor student – I nearly failed several grades before dropping out of high school and getting a G.E.D. But I still read a lot. Thrillers and war novels, mostly, along with the occasional literary novel from my parents’ bookshelf.
Philipp Meyer
I’m more of a thriller-horror fan – things that could really happen. I don’t like scary movies, the ‘Saw’ movies scare the crap out of me – I think I’ve seen two of them and I wanted to go crawl in a hole.
Katee Sackhoff
I think the thriller aspect of this film [Fifty Shades Darker] is what excited me most.
Bella Heathcote
I’ve loved thrillers and spy stories since I was a kid. It’s probably not a bad rule of thumb to write the kinds of stories you love to read.
Barry Eisler
A thriller must be thrilling. A mystery may or may not be a thriller depending on how much breathless emotion it has, as opposed to cerebral calculation.
David Morrell
Even if you’ve sworn to yourself never to read vampire fiction again, do yourself the favor of reading Motherless Child. Glen Hirshberg has crafted a compelling, heartbreaking thriller full of character, grit, and sorrow. Bravo
Christopher Golden
I write crime novels and thrillers – I’m a big fan of cops. You can never forget that they run towards what everyone else runs away from.
Marcus Sakey
Well, my books – I think one of the hallmarks of my thrillers is that they’re based in reality.
Brad Thor
I’m not a horror fans as much as I’m a fan of thrillers.
Eric Christian Olsen
I’m hooked on Polanski’s films, his psychological thrillers. I love ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ I love ‘Repulsion.’
Vera Farmiga
If youre going to reach for it, reach all the way for it. Albums like Purple Rain and Thriller and those kind of records, you had to reach far above the din of cynicism and modern living to get to that place, against all the odds.
Dave Sitek
An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly. So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
Ken Follett
I used to be one of those people who read thrillers on vacation, but for some reason most thrillers no longer thrill me. Maybe because these days reality is far more unbelievable than any fiction?
Max Boot
When you’re making a psychological thriller, what you need to do is have an audience on shifting sand so they’re never quite sure where they are.
Mark Strong
I think, primarily, we love spy thrillers, and I think, instinctively, we love the tension that those thrillers can bring.
Alistair Petrie
I’d love to work with Tarantino, Scorsese, Sofia Coppola – all of them! I love thrillers and action movies. I love good horror films. I watched them so much when I was younger that I find it impossible to get scared.
Cara Delevingne
I think Tamil films will soon go the Hollywood way. There will be separate full-length humour-driven scripts, just like how thrillers and musicals are becoming successful genres.
I’ve read one too many thrillers that had really horrible technology in them.
Daniel Suarez
The worst situation you can have in a thriller is a lead who looks like he can handle himself.
Daniel Craig
Allthough that doesn’t happen often lately, I like to read exciting thrillers and those kinky magazines.
Jonathan Brandis
I like doing thrillers.
Frank Peretti
It’s the doubt that is really a major ingredient of the paranoid thriller.
Alice Winocour
Dark City Blue is a freight train of a thriller crashing through some madhouse city night while a bomb’s ticking down to zero. It’s the cage fighting equivalent of a police procedural: violent, gaudy, and packing heat.
Trent Jamieson
One of my books, ‘Rain Falling on My Face,’ earned me the 39th Edogawa Ranpo prize. It’s a very prestigious literary prize in Japan, mostly for mysteries and thrillers.
Natsuo Kirino
I have never done a thriller, and it will just be really fun for me to heave and pant and run and climb and break windows and scream every once in a while
Kate Hudson
I’ve always been a huge fan of thrillers like David Fincher’s ‘Se7en.’ I am fascinated by the disturbing, dark underbelly of life. I find such films deeply engrossing. They delve deep into the human psyche, and that’s a place worth exploring.
Emraan Hashmi
The best of Donald Westlake’s pseudonymous thrillers about Parker, the toughest burglar who ever lived. . . .Out of print for years and years, Butcher’s Moon is the ultimate Parker novel, best read as an installment in the series as a whole but comprehensible and wholly satisfying on its own.
Terry Teachout
I am partial to thrillers but if somebody gives me a script like ‘King’s Speech’ to do, I would love to do it too.
Sriram Raghavan
I believe thrillers work if the story is good. It is not easy to make a thriller because the audience is making their own story in their minds as they watch the film. You have to break that expectation and still make them like the film.
Sriram Raghavan
The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They’re the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They’re active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not.
Thomas Perry
The most distinguishing element of my novels is that I try as hard as I can – within the context of a popular commercial thriller – to make them feel authentic. Drawing on real locations and real events is part of that authenticity.
Alex Berenson
Although I love all genres, I really love to play in two main arenas: Comedy and Thriller/Horror. In either genre I love playing flawed, layered characters that are actively fighting to achieve something in the story.
Kyle Cassie
I enjoy a special collegiality among other writers in the thriller community. They call me Canadas scariest writer, and I love that.
Andrew Pyper
I do like the dark, gritty psychological thrillers, but sometimes we need a little respite from that.
Adrian Dunbar
I prefer thrillers but when its thriller/horror, I like it. The gore is not very important to me, I prefer suspense. But I like dark films.
Cecile de France
Two bones fell down my chimney and into the bedroom this morning. Hysterical thing to happen to a thriller writer. Murderous ravens perhaps?
Tobsha Learner
I read a lot fewer thrillers than I think people assume I do.
Chelsea Cain
Six Seconds should be Rick Mofina’s breakout thriller. It moves like a tornado.
James Patterson
I think that I am profoundly influenced by writers who have explored loss, and longing, and fear. Those influences have turned me into a thriller writer, essentially.
Christopher Rice
If there’s a great story and great characters, then I can love a film in any genre, though crime thrillers and sci-fi have a particular soft spot in my heart.
Ed Gass-Donnelly
The type of movies that give me the heebie jeebies are thrillers, because anything that’s playing with your thoughts and mind, that’s scary. But one thing that they never do in horror movies that I always do is I pray. You never see them pray in horror movies.
Keke Palmer
For me a thriller is a very carefully structured story.
Jeffery Deaver
I think that when you’re constructing entertainment; thrillers, horror movies, or anything that’s gonna scare, they’re all based on what our natural worries are.
Julianne Moore
On a deeper level, I think many stories – especially thrillers – can be a journey to the heart of darkness.
Terry Hayes
I grew up reading thrillers, science fiction, fantasy – you name it – and one day I asked myself if there was a reason why a fear of spiders was so common. Was there something buried deep in our evolutionary history that made being scared of spiders a survival instinct?
Alexi Zentner
I am, after all, a thriller writer. I routinely delve into the darkest chambers of the human heart. I’ve written about murder, kidnapping, depravity, horror, violence, and disfigurement.
Harlan Coben
Its the details and the human element that makes Recount entertaining. Even though we know how the election ends, it plays like a thriller. Its also funny.
Kevin Spacey
I was in a movie called ‘Vanishing on 7th Street,’ and that was my first leading role in a movie. It’s an apocalyptic thriller, and it’s really cool. It’s the first movie I ever shot.
Jacob Latimore
I don’t watch things like Jeepers Creepers or Final Destination 53 ВЅ. I really like more of the psychological thrillers.
Alexandra Breckenridge
Thrillers are my favorite. I like stuff that keeps you on the edge of your seat or maybe makes you jump.
Corey Feldman
I think it’s very interesting for a director that enjoys thrillers and mysteries like I do to have the challenge to do that.
Jaume Collet-Serra
For me, a good thriller must teach me something about the real world. Thrillers like ‘Coma,’ ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘The Firm’ all captivated me by providing glimpses into realms about which I knew very little – medical science, submarine technology and the law.
Dan Brown
Since my romance novels had all been thrillers as well, it wasn’t such a leap for me to move into the straight thriller genre. The most difficult part, I think, was being accepted as a thriller writer. Once you’ve written romance, unfortunately, critics will never stop calling you a ‘former romance author.’
Tess Gerritsen
The industry is in an alarming condition. And we only have ourselves to blame. If one thriller runs, we all run to make thrillers. What about the dozen thrillers that flopped before that? More than the herd mentality it is the ostrich mentality.
Mahesh Manjrekar
If you scroll through all the movies I’ve worked on, you can understand how I was a specialist in westerns, love stories, political movies, action thrillers, horror movies, and so on. So in other words, I’m no specialist, because I’ve done everything. I’m a specialist in music.
Ennio Morricone
I went see the horror thriller, Hannibal. I am a massive fan of Anthony Hopkins. He is superb in the film.
David Ginola
All summer, I read fiction because you must read for the pleasure and beauty of it, and not only for research. I don’t read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don’t read self-help books because I don’t believe in shortcuts and loopholes.
Isabel Allende
I have 20 or 30 books completely plotted out in my mind – mysteries, thrillers, horror, romance, science fiction. You name it.
Christopher Paolini
It’s not often a thriller keeps me wound up as well as ‘Headhunters’ did. I knew I was being manipulated and didn’t care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done.
Roger Ebert
My music is rather abstract and maybe even strange-sounding for some people, so maybe that’s why it’s been used in so many horror movies and thrillers.
Krzysztof Penderecki
When you think about it, psychological thrillers often involve extraordinary events happening to ordinary people.
Fiona Barton
The Strokes can play anything. They could play ‘Thriller,’ and it would just sound like ‘Thriller’ as played by the Strokes.
Julian Casablancas
I was 21, when I heard the story that inspired this [thriller Allied], and I wasn’t even a screenwriter then.
Steven Knight
A thriller becomes great when it carries a feeling of reality and truth.
David Morrell
It’s inevitable that you will die, so the only question is when. The great thrillers are the moments that play and tease with the question, “When will it be?”
David Hare
My favorite types of movies to watch as a viewer are thrillers – I really have a soft spot for them, I love them. Especially psychological thrillers.
Alex Karpovsky
I think it was the sense that Turn is a spy thriller, and that’s a genre that really fascinates me, in general.
Jamie Bell
After Bound, we were offered a lot of lesbian thrillers.
Lilly Wachowski
Mass market paperback thrillers are a dime a dozen. The trick is to find something that actually sticks to the ribs.
Michelle Dean
Ultimately, a great thriller is a roller coaster ride. I like to think that’s a promise I have never failed to keep, and one that I’d say has served my books well.
James Patterson
Thrillers rely on certain archetypes and our familiarity with them is quietly driving all of the tension. So it becomes an interesting challenge from the score perspective, to enhance that tension without being noticed, just like those archetypes.
Oneohtrix Point Never
The older I get, the more I love psychological thrillers.
Lisa Jewell
I read a lot of thrillers, especially American crime novels.
Kate Mosse
If you do any thriller or horror movie a big part of the process is accounting for the cell phone.
Jaume Collet-Serra
We thought by setting the film [“Selling Isobel”] in the cloak of… let’s call it an indie-Hollywood thriller, it would appeal to a wider range of young women who would see this cautionary tale and say, “Hang on, I’ve got to think twice about what I get myself into.”
Rudolf Buitendach
I drew influence from Mike Leigh, Ruben Ostlund, a lot of Scandinavian filmmakers, Lukas Moodysson. I also drew influence from horror films and thrillers, which is something I would never think to do earlier in my career.
Lulu Wang
I read what I like to write: romantic suspense. I also love thrillers and novels of suspense, but I can’t handle extreme violence and torture.
Jayne Ann Krentz
I like crime thrillers. I like heist movies.
Jason Statham
Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative.
Ken Follett
My favorite types of movies definitely aren’t thrillers, but at the same time you can’t deny the genius of Hitchcock’s films.
Aaron Yoo
Thanks to the success of Henning Mankell and Peter Hoeg, there wasn’t the same stigma attached to writing genre thrillers in Scandinavia as there was in many other cultures. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Jo Nesbo
For escape, I love popcorn thrillers that you can read in a weekend, like ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘The Woman in Cabin 10.’
Krysten Ritter
To me, the best comedies get a little dark, and the best thrillers are a little bit funny. So I’m not exactly sure where I draw the line between the two.
Jon Watts
Mysteries and thrillers are not the same things, though they are literary siblings. Roughly put, I would say the distinction is that mysteries emphasize motive and psychology whereas thrillers rely more heavily on action and plot.
Jon Meacham
I always wanted to write psychological thrillers.
Lisa Jewell
About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell… I defy anybody to read the first page and not keep going to the last.
Lev Grossman
I thought it would be quite a challenge to direct a mystery thriller. I hadn’t really done something like that.
Catherine Hardwicke
Writing an informative yet compact thriller is a lot like making maple sugar candy. You have to tap hundreds of trees – boil vats and vats of raw sap – evaporate the water – and keep boiling until you’ve distilled a tiny nugget that encapsulates the essence.
Dan Brown
Polisse’ is the sort of cop thriller where people do things like angrily bang on a desktop or sweep everything off it. If it happens once, it must happen six times. But every time it did, I wanted to stand up and cheer, which I’ve never wanted to do for any such thriller.
Wesley Morris
It’s a great thriller or mystery, but on another level it’s a film about the fact that, if you only look at a person through one lens, or only believe what you’re told, you can often miss the truth that is staring you in the face.
Kevin Spacey
I read a lot of thrillers because they’re easy reading and I’m not a great flier. They take my head out of it. I like the fast pace and that you can’t put them down.
Georgina Chapman
I just want to work with talented people who are enjoyable to be with, and take big huge risks from high comedy to deep, dark, brooding drama, to thriller. I just want to go back and forth.
Frank Oz
I’m somebody who likes codes and ciphers and chases and artwork and architecture, and all the things you find in a Robert Langdon thriller.
Dan Brown
It’s a comedy thriller, brilliantly written and it’s full of twists and turns at every page. When I was reading it I was desperate to get to the end to find out what happens, it really hooks you.
Louise Jameson
When you’re watching an action movie, you experience an action movie more outside of the aquarium, you’re out of the aquarium looking in at all the swimming fish that are in there. Whereas horror films and thrillers are designed to put the audience into that box, into that aquarium.
James Wan
Many Scandinavian writers who had made their name in literary fiction felt they wanted to have a go at the crime novel to show they could compete with the best. If Salman Rushdie had been Norwegian, he would definitely have written at least one thriller.
Jo Nesbo
I like all of the mental, psychological thriller movies too. I enjoy horror movies across the board.
Sophia Bush
Before I did any action movies, I did a couple of thrillers. That’s hung around for me.
John McTiernan
For me, the stamp that I impose on stuff comes from the fact that in the ’80s, when I was starting to write movies, I looked back to the ’70s. So the films I enjoyed as a kid were the thrillers that came out of the ’70s. Back then, you didn’t have action movies; you had adventure films or thrillers.
Shane Black
Truly I never thought of myself as writing legal thrillers, and I still don’t think I do. I write stories about women.
Lisa Scottoline
People talk of me as being the inventor of the legal thriller.
Scott Turow
I got into reading a lot of noir and a lot of thrillers as well, and I really admired the plotting about those and the way that they can surprise you. And obviously to surprise people and to have twists in the tale, you have to plan quite carefully.
Joe Abercrombie
The wildest ride in modern crime novel exoticum. A novel so steeped in milieu that it feels as if you’ve blasted to mars in the grip of a demon who won’t let you go. Read this book, savor the language-it’s the last-and the most compelling word in thrillers.
James Ellroy
If you can get the audience to talk to the screen, I just thought that was so cool, and I wanted to do that. And I just leaned towards the scary and the thriller. I find it very emotional. I want to make emotional horror. If I can make you cry, than you have a full experience.
Kevin D. Williamson
When I go to the movies, I like romance, comedy, and thrillers. I hate gore.
Peter Weller
Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
Ken Follett
You don’t ever see a thriller with a spiritual backbone.
Patrick Wilson
After having edited numerous shorts, earning award nominations for it, and then 4 features edits, the director inside me is now burning to share its voice. Thriller, Horror, zany Comedy.
Kyle Cassie
Many thrillers follow such reliable formulas that you can look at what’s happening and guess how much longer a film has to run.
Roger Ebert
After about the age of 13, I was a romance addict. Still am, though I read just about every other genre as well. The only thing I really shy away from is political thrillers.
Kristan Higgins
The thriller is the cardinal twentieth-century form. All it, like the twentieth century, wants to know is: Who’s Guilty?
Brigid Brophy
Disturbing and intriguing. The Synchronicity Factor is much more than a page-turning thriller, for its remarkable plot is rooted in real science and real history.
Peter Lovesey
Hollywood thrillers give away almost 70 percent of the story in promos but still the film remains interesting. In India we do a lot of cuts and put in songs in promos to create an impact.
Sriram Raghavan
The thriller is not a recent invention. It probably goes back to the dawn of storytelling.
Lee Child
The best movies now are called ‘thrillers.’ Because if you use the word ‘horror,’ people’s associations are straight-to-video crap.
Eli Roth
Among the best of Hitchcock’s own psychological thrillers is ‘Spellbound,’ whose story unusually wrapped the subject of psychoanalysis around a murder mystery.
Susie Dent
Six Seconds is a great read. Echoing Ludlum and Forsythe, author Mofina has penned a big, solid international thriller that grabs your gut — and your heart — in the opening scenes and never lets go.
Jeffery Deaver
Women who write thrillers are called ‘dark.’ Male writers are called ‘powerful.’
Karin Slaughter
The big thrillers may make people aware of the violence in the society, and I guess that serves a purpose.
Diane Ladd
In love stories you have to establish the mood and then you can go on. Writing thrillers are difficult because every scene needs a twist. May be comedy is even more difficult but I have no experience of it.
Sriram Raghavan
I’d read a lot of thrillers about politicians and presidents, but never one where you flip the stereotypes and make good people bad and bad people good.
David Baldacci
Monsters don’t scare me at all; I think creepy is scarier than gore. I tend to read more thrillers and mysteries than horror, though. I like a good whodunnit. If I want scary, I tend to reach for a movie. I think it’s a great medium for horror.
Sarah Pinborough
In crime fiction, I just don’t write the parts that aren’t a thriller and it’s exactly the same in my TV reporting – I distill the essence of the story until it’s only the jewels of the tale – and leave in only the most compelling and exciting parts.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
With thrillers, there’s such a fine line between what’s good and what’s cheesy and corny.
Olivia d’Abo
I love writing thrillers.
Jed Mercurio
For me, a big part of writing psychological thrillers is choosing crimes committed for motives which would only apply to a particular person in a particular situation; a unique, one-off motive that is born out of someone’s particular range of psychological afflictions.
Sophie Hannah
I love cop shows and crime books and thrillers, and before I die I’m gonna play a cop.
Amy Sedaris
I think so, Silence of the Lambs was a great, suspenseful thriller and I would expect Red Dragon to be similar. And I think it’s very character driven.
Emily Watson
I love reading. I’m very much into history, novels, biographies and I have a wide range of thrillers.
Bruno Tonioli
Life is a musical influence in my experience. But as far as actual music and actual bands, uh, I’ll just look at my little collection here. Let’s see. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2, The Talking Heads, Prince and the Revolution, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was a huge one.
Jeremy Enigk
I’d have liked to have leant against walls in thrillers.
Celia Johnson
Throat clutching from the outset! The Never List stands as a sterling example of psychological thriller writing at its best. Cancel appointments and give up on sleep. It’s that kind of book.
Jeffery Deaver
You know, people call mystery novels or thrillers ‘puzzles.’ I never understood that, because when I buy a puzzle, I already know what it is. It’s on the box. And even if I don’t, if it’s a 5,000-piece puzzle of the ‘Mona Lisa’, it’s not like I put the last piece in and go, ‘I had no idea it’s the ‘Mona Lisa’!’
Harlan Coben
In India, we don’t read thrillers; we read authors.
Ravi Subramanian
[Fifty Shades Darker director] James Foley directed Fear. And that’s what I love about this film, because it has a real sexy thriller element about it.
Bella Heathcote
If you take real-life circumstances and take out all the pauses then you have a thriller. It has to be non-stop, high stakes and fascinating all the time. Real life is like that from time to time.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
As Ralph’s character begins to discover the political thriller aspect of the film, he falls deeper in love with his wife, so the two run together. That’s the beauty of this film. It has fast pace and excitement, but it also has heart and soul.
Rachel Weisz
I write nonfiction in this thriller-esque style. I have all the facts; I research it. I have thousands of pages of court documents… I try to get inside my stories.
Ben Mezrich
Collins masterfully blends fact and fiction…transcends the historical thriller.
Jeffery Deaver
Redford builds a riveting, resonant political thriller that values the complexity of its characters and the intelligence of its audience.
Peter Travers
I am comfortable calling myself a writer of suspense, or a writer of thrillers; both terms are sort of interchangeable to me. I think that came from a sense of being at conflict with my true nature throughout my youth, and being afraid of discovery, and feeling as if I didn’t belong.
Christopher Rice
I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries.
Gina Rodriguez
As long as thriller authors teach us about our world, they’ll be relevant.
David Morrell
I came to Hollywood and felt myself an outsider, and I was sent all these action thrillers and superhero scripts.
Morten Tyldum
I like westerns, fantasy, sci-fi, graphic novels, thrillers, and I try to avoid the word ‘genre’ altogether. A good book is a good book.
Gillian Flynn
I’m really into kind of a ‘Sixth Sense’ type of movie – mysteries, thrillers a little bit.
Shaun Livingston
I thought why not write a kind of mystery, murder, thriller book, but use romance language where the language plays completely against the very dark subject matter, that very strange murderous plot, but use that Harlequin Romance language.
Chuck Palahniuk
One of my favorite albums of all time is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Every song is superbly written, performed, and produced. He is a great loss to the music world. There will never be another one like him.
Daryl Stuermer
No Way Back is my kind of novel – a tough, taut thriller – Mofina knows the world he writes about.
Michael Connelly
I like thrillers. My style of movies are closer to thrillers.
Olivier Megaton
All the pictures I do are contemporary. I’ve sort of discovered I haven’t really been into science fiction or period pictures. And so, in that vein, psychological thrillers play a big part.
Michael Douglas
If you write thrillers or mysteries or horror fiction or quote-unquote speculative fiction, men might read you, and the ‘Times’ might notice you.
Jennifer Weiner
I love thrillers. I would even read certain science fiction, although I haven’t been a devotee for many years.
Frederick Busch
He was one of the masters of the thriller and he really was one of the great signposts, because he took the spy thriller out of the gentility of the drawing room and into the back streets of Istanbul and where it all really happened, … The Day of the Jackal.
Frederick Forsyth
I love thrillers. I’ve never made them, but I would say a really good thriller is my favorite kind of a movie. If I can get a really great thriller, you know.
Rob Reiner
Force Majeure is a jolt. You won’t know what hit you. Director Ostlund shifts gears from humor to psychological thriller with cunning skill.
Peter Travers
Most horror films fail to scare me. I think ‘The Ring’ plays more as a psychological thriller. It’s smarter, there’s more character development and some of the themes explored go a little deeper.
Martin Henderson
This is much more than your typical thriller. Tim Johnston has written a book that makes Gone Girl seem gimmicky . . . Johnston is an excellent writer. You want to set this one down so you can take a breath, and keep reading–all at the same time.
Alan Cheuse
There are certain tenets set in place for all different types on genres. For thrillers, women usually die first.
Katie Aselton
I like thrillers. That’s a genre that I’m really taken with. I love Hitchcock, that thriller style. I’m a student of it.
Tim Matheson
The fact is that I like thrillers and action movies. But what really fulfills me is getting out of my comfort zone, taking chances.
Halle Berry
My preferred genre of reading is crime thrillers – books by Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi and a few others – and I write crime thrillers.
Ravi Subramanian
The movies that made me want to make movies were action movies, and thrillers, and Kurosawa films, you know, where you have an opportunity every day to shoot it in an unusual way. I was looking for something like that.
Lawrence Kasdan
To write a damn good thriller, you need a killer attitude.
James Frey
I think there are certain tenets set in place for all different types on genres. For thrillers, women usually die first. I can’t say exactly why, and it’s kind of a bummer… But I also can’t explain why the wallflower girl in the romantic comedy always gets the guy in the end. That’s just the way those movies go.
Katie Aselton