When we go to the movies, we know immediately when we are seeing a romantic comedy, or a western, or a farce, or a horror film, or a police procedural, or a political drama. There is a certain texture to every genre, and that texture appears pretty much on the very first frame.
I am wondering what would be the effect of deliberately subverting such expectations. Suppose we were to apply the texture of one genre to the substance of another. Say, let’s say we were to release a horror film with the shot by shot ambience of a RomCom — or vice versa.
Would we end up creating a work with validity? Could it provide new insights, or perhaps be just crazy enough to be entertaining in some new and exciting way?
Or would we just end up confusing the audience?