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High concept refers to a story that can be easily described by a succinctly stated premise.

The term is also applied to films that are pitched and developed almost entirely upon the stated premise rather than complex character study or other strengths.

ExamplesEdit

CreaturesEdit

  • Alien
  • Jaws
  • Godzilla
  • Gremlins
  • Jurassic Park
  • Predator
  • Snakes on a Plane

DisastersEdit

  • 2012
  • Armageddon
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Deep Impact
  • Earthquake
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • Titanic
  • The Towering Inferno
  • Twister

Star VehiclesEdit

  • Top Gun
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Back to the Future
  • Night at the Museum
  • Home Alone
  • Twins
  • Three Men and a Baby

SupernaturalEdit

  • The Exorcist
  • Ghostbusters
  • Poltergeist
  • The Sixth Sense

TerrorismEdit

  • Die Hard
  • Speed
  • RoboCop
  • True Lies

UFOs & Space InvasionsEdit

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Independence Day
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Men in Black
  • War of the Worlds

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