horror (films)

horror (films)
  a popular film genre designed to frighten and thrill with familiar elements (monsters, killers, vampires, zombies, aliens, mad scientists, the devil or demons, etc.), gothic qualities or settings (e.g., castles), psychological terror, etc.; initially influenced by German expressionism; subgenre types include slasher films, occult films, and gore-fests; often combined with the sci-fi genre
  Examples: the Universal horror classics: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933)

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