A film sub-genre in which the characters are picked
off one by one, often by a masked killer or malignant force. Salient
examples: Friday the 13th (Jason); Final
Destination (Death); Sunshine (the Sun).
Coined by Tasha Robinson of the AV Club to describe Danny Boyle's film "Sunshine"(2007).
Originating quote, from the review of "Sunshine"(2007) -
ways, Sunshine is a been-there-done-that
cast-attrition thriller: Alien with an exterior monster instead of an interior one, Event Horizon with better effects and less gore, Pitch Black with the contrast turned
way up. The cast members make wry jokes about
getting eliminated one at a time, horror-movie style, but they
still follow all the horror-movie procedures, even duly splitting up in a dangerous, unknown situation. It's like they
've gracefully accepted
're just hitting a series of predestined, genre-mandated marks. - Tasha Robinson, Onion A.V. Club