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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.

Horror fiction is a broad genre of fiction that is designed to scare or shock the viewer. Such movies or shows include events that induce feelings of fear or terror in the viewer.

The horror genre includes a number of more specific sub-genres, though most horror films tend to mix elements from different sub-genres. Some of the more popular are:

  • Psychological Thriller - relies more heavily on subtle or implied terror, sound effects, and hidden/unseen antagonises; Rosemary's Baby, The Shining
  • Slasher - Focuses on a single or small number of serial killers that commit multiple violent and gory murders on screen. Frequently includes elements of the supernatural - Friday 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween
  • Gothic Horror - One of the oldest types of horror, frequently includes a romance as a core plot-line; Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Nosferatu
  • Splatter - Includes scenes of extreme or excessive violence and gore; Saw, Hostel
  • Zombie Horror - Depicts a world being taken over by zombies; Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later

Horror films frequently include several tropes that are unique to the genre; the presence of these tropes is often a defining characteristic of a horror film.