Elements of Suspense

Ticking Clock
a dramatic element that involves a time limit or the counting of an item to increase suspense
Huge Consequences
decisions made by the character that result in life or death situtations
Disabled Protagonist
the protagonist is handicapped either mentally, physically, emtionally, or spiritually
separated either in a small group or as an individual
Unknown Enemy
the protagonist is unaware of an individual(s) or other elements that are obstacles