Questions tagged [horror]

A genre of fiction in which events are focused on shocking or scaring the viewer by inducing feelings of terror or horror. Use this tag when asking questions pertaining to the overall genre of horror.

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To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

Some movies feature child characters put in violent situations. This can range from crude language to extreme horror (e.g. torture, gore, etc.). As an example, Child's Play and its sequel has plenty ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

I was wondering how it is possible that Jack Nicholson wasn't nominated for his acting in The Shining. Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?
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Why are dolls, teddy bears, etc. used as horror objects in horror films?

In many horror films, toys such as dolls, teddy bears, and puzzle boxes are used as objects which the spirits/ghosts use to scare people. Some examples would be Annabelle, the crooked man musical box ...
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Is there a term referring to the transgression that often begins a horror film?

This question refers to the horror genre, however the desired term might well be applicable to other films or narratives. I'm looking for a term that refers to the transgression that often begins a ...
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90s non-English spoken Demonology film from Europe; black mist, girl in a tub and guy at the library [closed]

I come asking for your help because I want to know the name of a European horror film that I’ve been searching for almost three years and that nobody seems to know about. I believe that this movie was ...
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Is there a specific name for a character that is a sacrificial “example”?

I was wondering if there is a title/role in movies, specifically horror or Sci-fi movies, for characters that are cast specifically to die as a way of being an example. This could be as a way to show ...
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Man's wife turns back into a monster when he talks about it [closed]

I'd say it's a movie from the 80's or 90's. At one point the main character sees a monster in the street (I'd say at night, in an alley). It's quite a big monster and the monster can talk. They ...
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Was the original Evil Dead meant to be funny?

In The Evil Dead series of Sam Raimi movies, the two sequels are meant to be funny. But was that the intent of the original movie?
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Why do many horror movies involve children?

I just finished watching the Spanish movie 'The Orphanage' and I suddenly observed that many of the horror movies, especially some very popular ones, involve children as a central part of the story, e....
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Man tries to kill a group of people with complex traps [closed]

I don't know the name of this horror movie around 2000-2010. English movie. It's a group of people in a place There is a man in a wheelchair, a blonde woman (called Sarah), a black man (called Cole), ...
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Girl looks into mirror, sees demon swimming towards her [closed]

I remember watching parts of a movie on tv some years ago. I missed the beginning, and saw some parts from the middle and the end. I didn't really understand what was happening, but I can provide some ...
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Movie about a girl who had another different life when she dreamed [closed]

I saw this movie a while ago in TV (I think it's a movie, but I'm not sure if it was a series episode, or a short-film), and I don't even remember in which language (not sure if English, because is ...
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Is there a criterion to differentiate “thriller” from “horror”?

The genres, in my opinion, have a very slim boundary separating one from another. I see a lot of movies being categorized as thriller or horror almost interchangeably, which might seem like lack of ...
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Cultural Basis of Asian Ghost Lady

In a lot of Asian horror movies (particularly Japanese ones) a common motif is the ghost lady in white, with long black hair covering her face. The wide spread use of this image has led me to wonder ...
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A horror movie about witch in the attic [closed]

A few years ago I saw a horror movie, but now I can't recall its title. The movie was colored, released after 2000. Original language - English. Unfortunately, I do not remember any names of ...
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Horror movie about psychopath murderer parents who raise daughter to be perfect until little boy helps her out [closed]

I'm searching for a movie I watched a couple of times, in France, in 2012 or so. I would describe it as a horror (because of the murder scenes), drama (because of the plot), and maybe thriller movie. ...
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Strange creatures crawl out of the house's fireplace and attack the inhabitants [closed]

Approximately 30 years ago, I watched a horror movie which I have been trying to identify for years. The problem is that after so many years I don't remember a lot about the movie and the only things ...
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Astronaut rescues corrupted wife from hell [closed]

It was a live action film set in the US, I saw it about 20 years ago on TV. I do not recall anyone famous being in it. I think the family moved to a new place somewhere in the US. The leading ...
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Exceptions to horror genre and female sexuality tropes?

Recalling Carol Clover's Her body, himself: Gender in the Slasher Film, there is typically an androgynous final girl in horror films - such as Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween - who survives the movie. ...
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What is the difference between the horror and thriller genres? [duplicate]

In the comments for Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?, there was a lot of discussion over whether or not a thriller should be considered to be a horror movie. IMDb ...
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Spirit of murdered waitress seeks revenge [closed]

This horror movie was probably released around the same time as Titanic, but not very sure. A young waitress was serving in a bar/night club and some drunk men put her on the table and asked her to ...
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Why do many of the Hollywood horror movies use a mirror as a ghost's sign?

I've seen lot of Hollywood horror movies, and most of the directors using a mirror as a ghost's sign or ghosts using mirror as a medium to talk with humans. I couldn't understand what would be the ...
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Town infested with alien parasites causing people to lose their teeth [closed]

I saw this movie a long time ago. The action takes places in a small town as far as I can remember. The people there get "infested" with some sort of parasite and they start losing their teeth. I only ...
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A 50s/60s Horror B-Movie with a wobbly-spiked monster [closed]

I'm trying to identify a movie which I recall being terrified by when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I can only remember one scene, but hopefully I can provide enough information for someone to ...
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Identify this horror movie about a person going to a mental hospital for work [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the name of this horror flick I saw on TV a few years back. The plot, if I recall correctly, was about a reporter, or investigator, or some sort of psychologist. On a drive ...
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An episode from an old horror series with human sacrifice [closed]

I am trying to identify and purchase an episode from one of the old horror or supernatural tv series. I don't remember if it was Twilight Zone, or The Outer Limits, or Night Gallery or Tales from the ...
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Horror/sci-fi alien attack found-footage movie [closed]

I faintly remember this "found-footage"-esque movie of, I believe, 4 teens/young adults recording an alien attack on what is probably New York or another American city. At some point they were in a ...
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Horror movie with group of young people killed inside a haunted house, girl possessed at the end [closed]

I am trying to find a kind of horror movie with a group of young people in a house, getting stuck there for the night I believe. They start getting killed by objects from the house, and it seems to be ...
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An innocent man kills his family because there was no hope [closed]

Summary: A whole town gets attacked by gigantic weird and violent creatures (spiders and insects). Genre: Horror. Production date: I'm not really sure, but not that old. Probably something in ...
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Movie about a bridge accident, people dying horribly and premonition [closed]

I saw a short fragment of a movie I would like to identify. Warning: graphic descriptions follow. The film is contemporary, as far as I remember the cars were from the 90'. Set in the US. The ...
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Horror movie about a mask that turned people into demons [closed]

When I was a kid, I was subjected to a horror movie that I was probably too young to watch and it scared the pants off me. I remember the plot quite vividly. A cinema screening was showing a ...
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What was that horror movie where a priest is chopping a chocolate bar? [closed]

There was this old horror film, maybe around the 90s or late 80s, where in one scene, a priest or someone in a church was in a table chopping a piece of a Snickers bar, or chocolate. In the blurred ...
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English horror film where mice kill people with scissor like weapons [closed]

I watched this movie a while ago, and this is what I remember from it: Necessary Details: The movie was in English Based on horror The horror side of things were mice that killed people with weapons ...
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Weird British movie with zombie creatures in a fog [closed]

Driving me nuts for years, but I watched a movie probably 25 years ago that was really weird. All I remember is: I'm pretty sure it was British or some other European film. There was a town that was ...
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Boy in a toilet talking to an evil insect-like creature [closed]

I watched a movie approx 5/6 years ago on TV and I don't remember its name and watched it only for 5 minutes. Now I want to watch it in full but do not know its name or any other detail. I only ...
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Name of horror film about train and reality shift in tunnels? [closed]

Please remind what film it was. Plot goes like this: A passenger walks onto the train and starts his trip. He notices a boy with a plastic toy gun that emits only light and sound. Also an obese man ...
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Please identify this horror movie about a girl who was used to trap actors in a house [closed]

I watched it about 11 years ago starts with an audition for actors to go into a house to act a reality horror movie only for them to be trapped in a real horror house. The horror starts with one guy ...
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Horror movie where a group of friends were killed in sleep [closed]

I watched it perhaps around 2008. It was a horror film. In the movie, a group of friends (2 girls and 3 boys maybe) got killed in a remote house probably in woods. They were lured there by an old man ...
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Identify this movie about zombies whose head is cut off by an iron gear [closed]

I watched this movie more than 15 years ago. My guess it was around 2000's or older. This movie is in color and in english language. I only remember some scene form this movie. This is what I ...
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What was the first movie to feature fast moving zombies?

I watched Lifeforce (1985) the other day. It's about a crew of astronauts that discovered an alien ship hidden within the tail of Halley's Comet. Littered all over the ship, there were countless ...
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Horror movie where cars won't start once turned off [closed]

The movie came out around the same time as The Evil Dead (1981), so it probably came out between 1976 to 1986. It is an American film, in English and in live action and color, and it mostly takes ...
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An old couple kill some young strangers happily [closed]

Personal Experience: This is probably one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. Genre: Horror Production date: I have seen this movie at least 5 years ago. Obviously produced after 2001. Plot: A ...
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What's this short film with a mysterious teddy bear? [closed]

A man watching telly receives a package and it's a teddy bear. Doesn't think anything of it but then opens the stuffing out of the bear to find a VCR cassette tape. He plays it and there's some spooky ...
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TV episode about patient who has revenge on plastic surgeon who botched his/her surgery [closed]

I'm not sure if this was an episode of "Tales from the Dark Side" or "Twilight Zone" or something else from the 90s (or late 80s). The plot was a patient (transgender?) wanted to have surgery to make ...
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How slasher scenes get shot?

I love watching Slasher movies like Saw, Final Destination etc, but always wonder that how they shoot these kind of scenes which looks too real. Scenes like where body parts get slashed, broken in two ...
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Which movie ended with the male protagonist's mother in the body of his girlfriend? [closed]

When I was I kid I watched this film on CINEMAX about 8 years ago. I tried searching it using the description of the ending and I cannot find it. Info about the movie: Probably released around the ...
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Why does fake blood in older movies look so fake?

I've noticed that when showing blood in a number of older movies, the fake blood is always bright red. Why was this? I know special effects have obviously improved over the years but it doesn't seem ...
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Horror film about an escaped serial killer trying to save his girlfriend [closed]

This is a horror and road trip film about a serial killer who escapes from prison. He learns of a plot by two others to kill his girlfriend by luring her to a remote cabin, and he attempts to travel ...
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What is the name of this space-based horror film? [closed]

I saw a film when I was very young, so my memory is a little hazy. The film is from the 80’s or maybe the very early 90’s. The film set aboard a spaceship and there is something possessing the crew (...
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Movie with a man who lives in the wall and a home invasion [closed]

I am looking for the title of a movie and I've searched so thoroughly but to no avail. I've watched it recently (3-4 months back). It's about a girl who discovers that her psychiatrist is actually a ...