is there any difference between these two words?
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Assuming you're referring to movie genres, I'd say that a thriller is a movie based on suspense, showing especially the victim's point of of view. To me, horror is more about showing "horrid" things on screen such as murders or torture. The suspense in a thriller does not necessarily result in gruesome acts.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about horror (film):

In film, the horror genre is characterized by the attempt to make the viewer experience fright, fear , terror , disgust or horror . Its plots often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, sometimes of supernatural origin, into the mundane world.

Some of the most common elements include vampires , zombies (and other forms of resurrected corpses ), werewolves , ancient curses , ghosts , demons and/or demonic possession , Satanism , evil children , 'slasher villains ', vicious animals, inanimate objects brought to life by black magic or twisted science , haunted houses , cannibals , and malicious extraterrestrials . The serial killer movie is sometimes regarded as part of the horror genre.

Specific stories and characters, often derived from classic literature, have also proven popular, and have inspired many sequels , remakes , and copycats. These include Dracula , Frankenstein , The Mummy , The Wolf Man , The Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde .

The horror film is often associated with low budgets and exploitation , but major studios and well-respected directors have made intermittent forays into the genre. The genre's marginal status has caused it to receive much critical dismissal or moral condemnation over the course of film history. However, during the past few decades new generations of critics - more inclined to take popular genres seriously - have given horror substantial attention and analysis, especially with regard to its perceived subversive content. Over the same period, it has become more than ever a source of controversy, as its level of graphic violence has increased and accusations of misogyny have been leveled, especially by feminist critics.

Some horror films owe a substantial amount to other genres, particularly science fiction , fantasy , dark comedy and thriller . The lines between horror and these other categories are often a subject of debate among fans and critics.


And here's thriller:

The thriller is a broad genre of literature , film , and television that includes numerous, often-overlapping sub-genres. Thrillers are typically characterized by fast pacing, frequent action scenes, and plots in which a small number of resourceful heroes must thwart, often violently, the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains . Thrillers typically emphasize plot over character development, and make extensive use of literary devices such as suspense , red herrings , and cliffhangers . They often take place wholly or partly in exotic settings such as foreign cities, deserts, the polar regions, or the high seas. The heroes of modern thrillers are often "hard men" accustomed to danger: law enforcement officers, spies, soldiers, seamen, divers, or pilots. The heroes of earlier thrillers (especially those written before the 1980s) are more likely to be ordinary citizens drawn into dangerous circumstances by accident. They are almost inevitably men, though women are increasingly common as secondary characters.

Thrillers overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguised from mainstream mysteries by the structure of their plots. The thriller hero typically tries to thwart the plans of an enemy whose identity he already knows, rather than discover (after the fact) who is behind a crime already committed. The thriller villains typically plan crimes on the grand scale: serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments. Violent confrontations between the hero and the villain, though not uncommon in mystery stories, are standard in thrillers. Similar distinctions separate the thriller genre from others with which it overlaps: adventure, spy, legal, war, and maritime fiction, for example.

Thrillers are, ultimately, defined not by their subject matter but by their approach to it. Many thrillers (for example) involve spies and the business of espionage, but not all spy stories are thrillers. The spy novels of John LeCarre , for example, explicitly and intentionally rejected the conventions of the thriller. Many thriller writers have written novels in related genres that have few or no thriller elements. Alistair MacLean , Hammond Innes , and Brian Callison , for example, are best known for their thrillers but are also accomplished writers of straightforward man-against-nature sea stories.

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In terms of grammar, you'd say

I watched a thriller.

I watched a horror movie.

Best wishes, Clive
is there a difference between a horror movie and a thriller movie

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When thinking about films - my take on it would be that a "horror" is a film with pretty graphic scenes of violence or torture designed to elicit horror inthe watcher - there may or may not be a supernatural element. (Saw, for instance, has no supernatural element bus it very graphic and horrifying).
A thriller is more a film involving suspense and action - perhaps just as scary as the horror but not a "horrifying" (in other words - not as graphic).
Where the two blend is if the supernatural is added. A supernatural thriller is very close to a horror but again, not as graphic as the supernatural horror.
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I am a screenwriter for tv shows and motion pictures, let me try to explain the differences and overlap of these genres.

Horror genre involves a protagonist dealing with terrifying situations or entities. It can include, but not limited to, their own psychological fears, creatures, aliens, ghosts, serial killers, inner fears, and more. The protagonist usually endures psychological or physical traumatic experiences that are unusually strange and/or frightening to them. The focus is on dark, twisted, and nightmarish fears of the protagonist. Horror does not necessarily involve graphic violence as this is a common misconception with the general public. A variety of examples include Black Swan, Halloween, Straw Dogs, The Machinist, Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, The Terminator, Requiem for a Dream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Jaws, Rear Window, and Alien. You may notice that all of these films involve struggling with something frightening and unusual, from the unknown or internally.

Thriller genre involves excitement and suspense and is often plot driven. You may notice that all of the movies mentioned above may also be considered thrillers since most horror movies are made to be exciting and suspsenseful. Originally, thrillers were reserved for crime, spy, mystery, or espionage. However, the term today has nearly lost its original meaning as the label of thriller has been applied to almost all films for marketing purposes. A varaity of examples include Borne Identity, Sherklock Holmes, Mission Impossible, Casino Royale, Oceans 11, The Fugitive, Memento, The 6th Day, Mystic River, Taken, The Maltese Falcon, Blood Simple, North by Northwest, and Blade Runner. You may notice all of these films are suspenseful, exciting, and involve solving a mystery, or executing clever plans.
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