When does a thriller become a horror?
I’m just finishing Misery, which is commonly classed as thriller, but I’m not sure.
I would say that the clue is in the wording. A thriller leaves you thrilled whilst a horror leaves you with a sence of horror and revulsion. Or maybe I’m over-.simplifying it.
Yet some of the thrillers I have read have had the horror and revulsion element.
I always think of Horror as ghoulish monsters,supernatural and paranormal. Can’t read these type of books as they terrify me!
supernatural i think makes it horror
I’ve spent some time wrestling with that one! When you’ve nailed it, please let me know. Misery feels like horror, but there is no supernatural element, similarly Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris.
Different to different people it seems.
I think horror implies more violence described and depicted at times gratuitously. Thriller is perhaps understated as far as violence is concerned.
Supernatural doesn’t have to be in horror at all. Carrie is horror. Silence of the lambs was wrongly listed as horror.
A little bit of the supernatural and a big bit of weird and twisted thrown in. eg: Psycho.
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