|Merriam-Websters Definition of
Pronunciation: 'hor-&r, 'här-
Etymology: Middle English horrour, from Middle French horror, from
Latin, action of bristling, from horrEre to bristle, shiver; akin
to Sanskrit harsate he is excited
1 a : painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay <astonishment giving
place to horror on the faces of the people about me -- H. G.
Wells> b : intense aversion or repugnance
2 a : the quality of inspiring horror : repulsive, horrible, or dismal
quality or character <contemplating the horror of their lives
-- Liam O'Flaherty> b : something that inspires horror
3 plural : a state of extreme depression or apprehension
The "Horror Movie"
Designed to frighten and instill fear and panic in the viewer. With
horrific and gruesome imagery, horror movie makers are able to play on
your worst nightmares. Some of the truly scariest movies are based on
true events like original version of The Exorcist. Other movies that
have proven to scare involve the "Serial Killer" or "Mass
Murderer". Like Jason Voorhees (Friday The 13th series), Michael
Myers (Halloween series) or Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare On Elm Street
series). Other great horrors are biographical, such as the stories of
the true life serial killers like, Jeff Dahmer, Ed Gein, John Wayne
Gacey and Ted Bundy. A personal favorite is a disturbing portrayal of
the life of Henry Lee Lucas called, "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial
Killer". Another great technique at scaring viewers is by playing
with their phobias. Jaws, Arachnaphobia, and Vertigo are great examples
of playing on peoples fears of water, sharks, spiders, heights.
Then there are the classics like, vampire movies, monster movies
and werewolf movies. Some horrors greatest movie makers are George
Romero, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven.
Each with impressive filmographies.