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Horror Movies Vs Thrillers

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February 27, 2013 by jamiehughes2013


The age-old question – What is the difference between a Horror movie and a Thriller? It’s a question that even the greats get wrong such as Michael Jackson (the music video fits more into the Horror genre).

So where to start? A basic rule of thumb is a Horror is where the victim is hunted by the monster/ killer and their sole mission is to survive, there is usually a supernatural element to the film also. See Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and The Blair Witch Project

A Thriller on the other hand also contains a killer but this time the killer is hunted by our hero, usually this genre is set more in reality. See Se7en, Silence of the Lambsand Fracture.

Both genres have various sub genres which change the rules, can you think of any?

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