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Initial post: Jun 14, 2012 7:00:51 AM PDT
E.Stevenson says:
I've been interested lately in multiple genres within horror. Some examples might be the original Dawn of the Dead, which is basically a buddy movie with zombies. The Walking Dead is like a western. And I guess you can say that the original Night of the Living Dead came off as a stage play (really talkie and set in a single location).

Don't know where I'm going with this, but what other horror movies (or books) seem to do this?

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 8:49:19 AM PDT
Rick G says:
Horror comedy comes to mind for movies, i.e. Ghostbusters.

Prometheus and Alien would count as Sci-Fi horror etc etc.

If done right, just about any genre can be mixed with horror.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 8:58:06 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
Classic example: A Christmas Carol. Is it horror or a Christmas story? I could see it being appropriate to read at Halloween or at Christmas.

Clearly, it's a Christmas story. I mean, "Christmas" is in the title. It's uplifting. It's performed every year at Christmas.

But it can be terrifying. Just watch the film version with a young child and see the response you get when they show Scrooge in Hell.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 9:48:05 AM PDT
E.Stevenson says:
I like the Christmas Carol example. I don't know about reading it at Halloween. But I'll consider it in October.
I'd say that A Nightmare Before Christmas is another example that probably leans more toward Halloween than Christmas.

I can't believe I never thought of Ghostbusters as horror. Would you put Beetlejuice in horror/comedy?

When I think about genre a way of cataloging stories to create expectations in their audience, I'm always troubled by how well or poorly those genres are represented in a multi-genre work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 9:59:09 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
I haven't seen BEETLEJUICE in years, but I think it falls in both genres, leaning heavily toward comedy.

I think A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a great example because, if you read or watch it, I think you'd be hard pressed to put it in one category other or the other.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 10:21:44 AM PDT
E.Stevenson says:
I'm going to re-read A Christmas Carol. I have a vague memory of the book being much darker than any production I've seen.

Do you think books like the Twilight series can be considered horror? I just find it hard to include them in horror when they so heavily lean elsewhere. Much like calling Teen Wolf horror.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 10:58:01 AM PDT
Rick G says:
My thoughts on horror comedy or horror anything are can you switch things up just a *little* and have a potentially terrifying situation?

i.e. Ghostbusters. Put in a more serious group and you'd have a massive panic gripping the city.
wheras say Scary Movie, probably too much slapstick. I'd call that straight comedy or parody.

Just my $0.02.

Considering the dark nature of Beetlejuice, I'd definitely call it a horror / comedy (a funny on albeit :) .

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 2:55:45 PM PDT
The Twilight series is horrific to me, but not in the way you're thinking!
My answer would be that NO, Twilight is not horror and you will probably get the same response from most posters here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 4:56:58 AM PDT
Alina says:
Hey, I'm one of most posters here and from me you're getting the same response. I think Twilight is more romance. I can't speak for the books but the Twilight series is definitely pitched at the PG13 crowd and I think that limits how much "horror" can be/will be depicted. Though I'm told the last Twilight movie has some pretty horrific elements related to the birth of the love child.

Charles Dicken's works are interesting but don't forget that they were written for adults. I think Oliver Twist is a truly horrific story but, like a Christmas Carol, Hollywood has attempted to turn it into a sentimental heartwarmer when it is anything but. I was taken to see Oliver Twist (the version with Oliver Reed) as a child and it frightened the sheet out of me. I hated it but my mother kept insisting I was wrong and that I really loved it.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 1:34:35 PM PDT
Horror and mysteries can have a lot in common, too. If you think about it, there's a fine line between Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and a lot of slasher movies.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 7:59:04 PM PDT
E.Stevenson says:
I suppose that publishers and producers market something as "horror" if it is intended to scare an audience or if they intend for the audience to expect to be frightened. And while I know that people receive "scary" elements different (some frightened while others laugh), it seems that there should be legitimate attempts on a seemingly "horror" story's part to scare or at least disturb its audience. Of course, while I write this, that would mean that most John Waters films are horror...because I find most of them to be disturbing.
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