Filmmaker Michael Tucker points out the disturbingly glorious opening scene of the 2009 Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds and how the use of suspense within the scene was used to neutralize the audience and set the tone for the rest of the movie. Check out the video below.
This element of suspense is fairly self-explanatory. It simply states that our inability to influence the course of events can lead to an experience of tension. In this regard, the medium of film lends itself to suspense because it’s a mode of storytelling where the audience has no say in what happens. Even in interactive storytelling mediums, the most suspenseful moments are often those where you have no control.