Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers


Person vs. Supernatural ConflictIn a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth.

Examples of Person vs. Supernatural Conflict from Literature

Picture Books

  • Vampire Boy’s Good Night 

Children’s Literature

  • The Witches
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Ender’s Game
  • Harry Potter
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Oedipus Rex

Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

The Witches

While in a hotel in England, Luke spies on a convention of witches. He learns the Grand High Witch plans on turning all children into mice. Now Luke who has been turned into a mouse must fight the witches.


A gadget salesman buys his son a pet mogwai. He is warned never to expose it to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight. The boy inadvertently breaks these three rules. This unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters on a small town.


The U.S. government hires a team of commandos. The group goes to Guatemala. There they battle an invisible extraterrestrial with superhuman strength.

Jurassic Park

A team of specialists tour an island theme park. The park is populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Although the park is supposed to be safe, it suffers a breakdown. Ferocious predators break free and go on a hunt.


Preston is attacked by a gigantic ape-like beast. When he contacts the local authorities, they dismiss him as delusional. He then sets out to stop the creature by himself.

Dracula Untold

In 15th century Transylvania, the Sultan demands 1,000 boys for his army. To save his son, Vlad makes a deal with a monster. This enables him to defeat the Turks. It also costs him his humanity. 


Independence Day

A satellite engineer spots a 3,000-mile-wide ship that’s approaching Earth. Fortunately, 20 years earlier, nations across the world started to use recovered extraterrestrial technology to develop a defense program. When the alien invaders attack, humans are ready for battle.

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Additional Conflicts in Literature Posts
Environment Conflict – publishing 3/30/2017
Society Conflict – publishing 4/6/2017
Technology Conflict – publishing 4/13/2017
Self Conflict – publishing 4/27/2017
Person Conflict – publishing 5/4/2017
Supernatural Conflict – publishing 5/11/2017
Gay Miller


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    • Ginny Ayers on November 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for gathering these clips as examples. I was making a PPT and was stuck trying to find examples. This will be perfect for my 6th grade workshop on conflict!

      • Gay Miller on November 14, 2017 at 12:32 am

      You’re welcome.

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